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Unruly, Unwelcome, Underground: Why Skateboarding Is Exactly What The Olympics Needs

The counterculture’s favorite sport is set to shake up the Tokyo Games in 2020

Brazilian pro skateboarder Luan Olivera performs a switch 360 flip at the Maloof Cup, a skateboarding competition in South Africa. Image courtesy the author

Earlier this month, skateboarding was added to the list of new sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the first time. Now, 6 million skateboarders in the United States—plus millions abroad—will have a global platform to promote skateboarding as a cross-cultural community that possesses a set of shared values.

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