Originating in the U.S. in the 1940s on the West Coast, skateboarding will be making its debut at the 2020 Games. For these Olympics, skateboarding is categorized into street and park events and women and men will compete in both. In the street event, the course is designed with the features of a public street, with stairs, handrails, curbs, benches and more. Competitors will be judged on their skills on each section based on their difficulty of the trick, speed, execution, height and originality.
Park takes place in a large underground structure that looks somewhat like a series of attached bowls. Boarders build momentum by dropping off the near vertical top of the wall and accelerate to move up other sections of the bowl, performing tricks in the air at the top. Competitors are mainly judged upon the height of their tricks and their hand placement on the board.
Street events will be held on July 25 and 26, while the park competition will be held on Aug. 4 and 5.
Venue and access information
Located near the Athletes’ Village, the Ariake Urban Sports Park, a temporary venue for the Olympic Games. With a capacity of up to 8,400 people, the venue is about 8 minutes from Kokusai-tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line and about 10 minutes from Ariake-tennis-no-Mori Station on the Yurikamome Line.