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Second-place Kokona Hiraki (left) and third-place Mizuho Hasegawa (right) of Japan stand on the podium alongside Spain's Naia Laso, winner of the women's final at the Paris Olympic park skateboarding qualifier in Dubai on Sunday.
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Mar 4, 2024
Skateboarding world champion Hiraki runner-up at Olympic qualifier
In the men's event, Japan's Yuro Nagahara finished 10th in the semifinals and did not advance to the eight-man final.
Yumeka Oda was crowned women's champion at the street skateboarding world championships in Tokyo, which concluded on Sunday.
OLYMPICS / Skateboarding
Dec 18, 2023
Japan's world-beating street skateboarders battle for Olympic spots
Japan has five men and six women in the top 10 of the respective Olympic qualification rankings but can send no more than three of each to Paris.
Kairi Netsuke in action during the men's street final on Sunday in Tokyo.
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Dec 17, 2023
Host Japan underscores skateboarding dominance at world street championships
Yumeka Oda, 17, earned a massive 94.80 points for her top score to finish first, while Sora Shirai won gold in the men's competition.
Liz Akama does a rail slide during the semifinals of the street skateboarding world championships on Saturday at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.
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Dec 16, 2023
Nine Japan skaters through to finals at world street championships
Reigning Olympic champions Yuto Horigome and Momiji Nishiya will be among those vying for the world title Sunday.
Kokona Hiraki (right) celebrates with Hinano Kusaki after the women's final at the World Skate Park World Championships in Rome on Sunday.
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Oct 9, 2023
Kokona Hiraki leads 1-2 finish for Japan at park worlds
"I'd only finished second and third before so I'm really happy to be the world champion for the first time," the Hokkaido-born Hiraki said.
Margielyn Didal, of the Philippines, competes in the final of the women's street skateboarding event during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
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Sep 28, 2023
Margielyn Didal still hoping to lift skateboarding's profile in Philippines
Didal hopes her profile will increase cultural acceptance of the sport and public investment in parks in the Philippines.
Hinano Kusaki competes during the women's skateboarding park competition at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Monday. Kusaki won the event.
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Sep 25, 2023
15-yr-old Hinano Kusaki wins skateboarding gold at Asian Games
Hinano Kusaki executed all of her tricks, including flips and mid-air spins, to capture the women's park gold medal at the Asian Games on Monday.
Momiji Nishiya wins the women's street final of the World Skateboarding Tour event in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday.
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Sep 17, 2023
Momiji Nishiya gets maiden Paris Olympics qualifying win
Toa Sasaki came second for Japan's best finish in the men's event, finishing behind American Nyjah Huston.
Fans at Tokyo's Ariake Arena watch Yuto Horigome compete in Street League Skateboarding's debut Japan event on Saturday.
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Aug 13, 2023
Yuto Horigome thrills in Street League Skateboarding's Japan debut
The raucous crowd at Ariake Arena starkly contrasted with the empty skate park nearby where the 24-year-old captured his Olympic gold medal two years ago.
American skateboarder Nyjah Huston, seen at a party in Beverly Hills, California, celebrating the one-year countdown to the Paris Olympics on Wednesday, says he has recovered from an ACL tear he suffered a year ago.
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Aug 1, 2023
American Nyjah Huston ramping up for Olympic redemption in Paris
The 33-year-old said his Tokyo 2020 performance was not too surprising given he had struggled at other fan-free competitions during the pandemic.
Yuto Horigome swept the street events at X Games California over the weekend.
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Jul 24, 2023
Yuto Horigome wins street event to earn second gold at X Games California
A day after winning street best trick, the Tokyo Olympic gold medalist scored 95.66 in street to become the first skater to win both disciplines at the same X Games since 2002.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on