Nyjah Huston clinches Olympic berth in skateboarding with world silver medal
Nyjah Huston poses for a portrait during filming of Team USA’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on November 21, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.,
The world’s highest-ranked skateboarder was unable to win the gold medal on Sunday at the World Street Championships in Rome, but he did earn a chance to aim for another gold.
In a hotly contested men’s final, Nyjah Huston of the United States won a silver medal at the world championships and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Japan’s Yuto Horigome won the gold with a score of 36.75, followed closely by Huston with 35.75. Japan’s Sora Shirai won the bronze medal with 34.58.
The top three male and female athletes automatically qualify for Tokyo. The rest of the street terrain will be determined by the Olympic World Skateboard Rankings on June 30.
Huston, a 26-year-old from Davis, Calif., Overcame an early fall on the second of his two runs and entered first in the best tricks portion of the final. He posted his best score in the best tricks section on the fourth of his five runs with a 9.27.
Jagger Eaton came close to the podium but had to settle for fourth place with 34.36 points, while Jake Ilardi was seventh with 30.12 points.
In a 2019 interview with TeamUSA.org, Huston said participating in the Olympics “is definitely one of my ultimate goals in life.”
Known for delivering the toughest tricks and the best descents when the pressure is on, Huston is already a four-time world champion and a street skateboarding icon.
Skateboarding prodigy, he made his X Games debut at age 11 and has since collected 10 gold medals and 16 medals in total, two records for street skaters. (He also has three other gold medals in other events.)
Now with 4.6 million Instagram followers, a signature shoe, and acting credit alongside Rock in an episode of HBO’s âBallers,â Huston is also one of the sport’s most popular athletes.
On the women’s side, none of the Americans got an automatic trip to Tokyo. The best result is that of Mariah Duran, who finished seventh with a score of 11.64. The 24-year-old from Albuquerque, NM, fell on the first of her two runs and then couldn’t complete three of her five best runs.
The Olympic debut of skateboarding will include competitions in the street and park disciplines. The street takes place on a course with elements imitating an ordinary street, while the park takes place in a hollowed-out course.