Will Shaun White Compete in Skateboarding at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
To quote TWS Skateboarding’s Editor-in-Chief, Jamie Owens, referencing skateboarding in the Olympics, “It doesn’t matter if you like it or not, it is going to happen.”
Skateboarding’s Olympic future has been locked for Tokyo since 2016 when its official announcement hit the masses, now the only question is who will compete? With street and park set as the disciplines to take place, it looks like their will be 80 spots open between the four divisions (20 men and 20 women for both park and street) with probable overlap amongst a few of the names. We by no means consider ourselves experts in skateboarding, so we won’t speculate who we think might have a chance, but the über-competitve White might want to try and take the ride.
Quoted earlier back in February talking to the Washington Post, White said, "Man, it's wild. I assumed at some point in my lifetime, skateboarding would get into the Olympics…I'm just happy that it's come at a time when I feel physically and mentally capable of actually competing and pursuing that goal and dream." As of late, he has been flooding Instagram with skate clips up and down the West Coast and was seen practicing at the new California Skateparks “Training Facility” earlier this month.
Videos from White’s Instagram:
As primarily a vert skater in the past, street is probably out of the question for Shaun. That would leave park for White, qualifying through events à la Vans Park Series, X Games Park, and Dew Tour Pro Park, although none are listed as official qualifying series yet. He would have to compete against the best in the world during the 2019 competitive season (starting January 1, 2019 and ending June 20, 2020) and finish with big results. We aren’t saying he can’t do it, but with names like Sorgentes, Juneau, Rennie, Fletcher, Schaar, Caples, Russell and many more possibly in the hunt, it will be a big task.
As the only athlete to ever win gold in both Summer and Winter X Games, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think that the highly-competitive White wants to double up his resume on the Olympic level. We didn’t do a ton of research, but it looks like there are only 5 or 6 athletes that have ever medaled in the Summer and Winter Games. Now we will just have to wait and see.