Former professional skateboarder says Olympics will restart sport’s recognition: ‘Gonna go loopy’

Former professional skateboarder says Olympics will restart sport’s recognition: ‘Gonna go loopy’

No skateboarder, by way of recognition, has come near Tony Hawk. Nearly each online game bared his title, and for many, he’s the one skateboarder folks can title.

Road League Skateboarding, based by Rob Dyrdek in 2010, palms out probably the most prize cash within the historical past of skateboarding, and its tv cope with Fox Sports activities 1 brings in followers throughout the nation to see professionals convey out their inside little one.

Nevertheless, for the primary time ever, the game might be featured within the Olympics this 12 months, and one former skateboarder says the Video games in Paris may very well be an enormous step in getting skateboarding again to its glory days.


Paul Rodriguez throughout a go to to the Los Angeles Berrics Skate Park on July 28, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC by way of Getty Photographs)

Paul Rodriguez didn’t have the chance to compete for an Olympic gold (he received 4 in his X Video games profession, and received two occasions in Road League Skateboarding). Nevertheless, he’s going to dwell vicariously by means of his pals who will.

“To see it within the Olympics is fairly unbelievable. To see my pals going, like, you’re an Olympian bro,” Rodriguez mentioned in a current interview with Fox Information Digital. “We didn’t know that was one thing we might dream about once we first began skating. We simply needed to skate, make a bit video, possibly get into X Video games, however the Olympics wasn’t even on our radar. Now, I’ve a handful of pals. I do know Olympians now. It’s a loopy factor to say.

Paul Rodriguez on ramp

Paul Rodriguez skating on the Nike Road League Skateboarding Competitors at USC Galen Heart on Oct. 2, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Brian Gove/Getty Photographs)


“For me watching them, I’m extraordinarily happy with them. I’m seeing how laborious they’ve needed to work to get there, to earn their approach into the Olympics, the trials of all of the {qualifications} they should undergo to get it, it’s spectacular, it’s powerful…It’s actually unbelievable, I’m actually comfortable, and I stay up for watching.”

The truth is, Rodriguez truly feels that the game is reaching its highest level in recognition proper now. 

“It’s undoubtedly constantly rising greater than ever since I got here within the sport…” Rodriguez added. “I feel it’s repeatedly grown. I feel typically, folks develop out of it and don’t keep in contact with it, so it appears not as in style because it was after they have been in it for themselves.”

Nevertheless, he predicts that fewer folks will outgrow it.

Paul Rodriguez grinding

Paul Rodriguez competes within the Males’s preliminaries throughout the SLS Championship Tour: Lake Havasu at Rotary Park on Oct. 29, 2021 in Lake Havasu Metropolis, Arizona. (Jamie Squire/Getty Photographs)


“Proper now, we’d like just a few extra generations of youngsters who skated, then they develop up, have a household, they usually introduce their children to skateboarding, and people children introduce their children. … As soon as most of the people has the premise schooling of what they’re watching, skateboarding is gonna go loopy. [The Olympics are] only one extra step on the tutorial course of. Give it just a few extra generations… skateboarding goes to be closely in that rotation.”

The Olympic roster is headlined by six-time world championship gold medalist and 12-time X Video games winner Nyjah Houston.

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