First-Ever Olympic Skateboarding Team Announcement Presented by Toyota Celebrates 12 Skaters Named to Represent the United States
Twelve-member Olympic Skateboard Team includes: (L to R) Photo Credit: USA Skateboarding / Anthony Acosta
Cory Juneau (Park), Zion Wright (Park), Nyjah Huston (Street), Mariah Duran (Street), Jake Ilardi (Street), Brighton Zeuner (Park), Jagger Eaton (Street), Alexis Sablone (Street), Heimana Reynolds (Park), Alana Smith (Street), Bryce Wettstein (Park), Jordyn Barratt (Park)
USA Skateboarding Makes History on Go Skateboarding Day Announcing Olympic Skateboarding Team for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 21, 2021) — Together with Toyota and sponsors Nike SB, Tech Deck, Jessup Griptape and ProTec Helmets, USA Skateboarding—the U.S. governing body for skateboarding—announced the 12 members who will represent Team USA for the inaugural Olympic Skateboarding team. This historic event was announced today in downtown Los Angeles, California - home to many on the Olympic team and the birthplace of skateboarding.
“I’m honored to introduce the first-ever American Olympic Skateboarding team today on Go Skateboarding Day,” said Josh Friedberg, CEO USA Skateboarding. “Skateboarders know what makes our culture special, and we couldn’t ask for a better group of talented athletes to share that with the world during skateboarding’s Olympic debut this summer in Tokyo.”
Dedra DeLilli, group manager, sponsorship, integration, & auto shows, Toyota Motor North America said: “In what is truly a historic moment for the Olympic Games, we are excited to support the naming of the first-ever U.S. Olympic Skateboarding team. Congratulations to all of the athletes, including Team Toyota’s Jordyn Barratt, who have been named to the inaugural Olympic Skateboarding team as they go for the gold. It’s an honor for Toyota to be a partner of USA Skateboarding on the sport’s road to Tokyo ahead of its Olympic debut.”
The skaters named to the 2020 Olympic Team include:
Cory Juneau (San Diego, CA)
Born in San Diego and raised on a wealth of local transitions, Cory Juneau accelerated to the top of the ranks early on in his career and has since landed himself comfortably among the action sports elite. At 22, Cory is a young athlete who consistently lands on the podium at major contests around the world and as a member of Team USA, he has his sights set on bringing home gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Heimana Reynolds (Honolulu, HI)
Heimana Reynolds, a native Hawaiian born and raised on the island of Oahu, embodies the island culture through his Hawaiian and Tahitian ancestry. He started skating at the young age of 6 and very quickly gained the recognition of the skate industry as one to watch in the park and bowl disciplines with his style, speed, and tenacity. 2019 proved to be a standout year for Heimana, as he secured the Park World Championship title and dominated nearly every international skateboarding event.
Zion Wright (Jupiter, FL)
A member of the 2019 and 2020 USA Skateboarding Park National Teams, Zion Wright smashed his way onto the Tokyo Olympic Team in 2021 with a dominant performance at the final Olympic qualifying event. Zion is known for his all-terrain abilities on his board, larger than life attitude, and infectious charm. Off the board, his personality attracts everyone that surrounds him while his mind-blowing video parts speak for themselves. Getting his first skateboard at 4 years old and competing at 8, Zion’s skills and versatility in both park and street courses have won him major contests in both disciplines and solidified him as a contest threat for years to come.
Brighton Zeuner (Encinitas, CA)
Brighton Zeuner was put on this Earth to ride a skateboard. She started at age four, was competing by eight, and in 2016, at twelve, she was crowned the inaugural Vans Park Series World Champion. Add in back-to-back X Games Gold medals in 2017 and 2018, and consistent top-five finishes through 2019, and what you get is a young skater with a one-way ticket to greatness.
Bryce Wettstein (Encinitas, CA)
Bryce Wettstein describes herself as a skateboarder and high school student. She was also the 2019 USA Skateboarding Women's Park National Champion. That was the first year the Park National Championships were held, and Bryce has been a member of the National Team ever since. In 2021, she will also represent the USA at the Tokyo Olympics. Bryce credits skateboarding for bringing out the best in herself. She’s also a great skater, as evidenced by her results, and with a backyard array of ramps and several world-class skateparks all around her, she’s sure to keep progressing. With so much traveling for skateboarding, it’s been tough for Bryce to keep up with school, but she still has ambitions to balance her skating career with her education.
Jordyn Barratt (Haleiwa, HI)
Born and raised in Haleiwa, Hawaii, and a Team Toyota athlete, Jordyn Barratt is a trailblazer in action sports. She competed in the 2016 US Open of Surfing, making her the first female to compete as a pro in both US Open skate and surf events in the same year. Jordyn was also the first female to qualify for the Dew Tour Park Am contest, skating alongside the men. That same year, she turned pro after winning a Bronze medal in her debut X Games. Jordyn was an inaugural member of the USA Skateboarding Women’s Park National Team in 2019, and has earned her place every year since. Her stylish and powerful skating has taken her far, but as a member of Team USA and focused on the Tokyo Olympics, the ambitious girl from Haleiwa is just getting started.
Jake Ilardi (Osprey, FL)
Jake Ilardi is part of the new breed of skaters that can rip equally on all terrains. Originally from Osprey, Florida, Jake was unheard of in the skateboard scene until his breakout win at the Empire Am Getting Paid event in 2017. Since then, Jake has been on a spree of destroying contests and turning heads with his mixed bag of park terrain skating and tech handrail tricks. Jake finished the 2019 contest season with several top-ten finishes, including 4th at the International Skateboarding Open in China, 2nd at both Tampa Pro and the Grand Prix Beroun in France, and wins at the Empire Open and Redbull Rollercoaster. He followed that up with 1st at the Free Skate Miami Open in 2020.
Jagger Eaton (Mesa, AZ)
Hailing from Mesa, Arizona, Jagger Eaton is in the prime of his career at still such a young age. He has limitless talent and versatility, as evidenced by his switching to the USA Skateboarding Men’s Park National Team this year after making the Men’s Street team in 2020. Add to that his many top-5 finishes in Big Air competition, and it’s clear why Jagger is one of the most progressive and technical skateboarders the sport has ever seen. In 2012, at 11 years old, Jagger set the Guinness World Record as the youngest ever X Games competitor and has continued to grow into a powerhouse. In 2017, he dominated the X Games, sweeping the gold medal in both the Skateboard Am Street and Park events. In 2018, Jagger pulled a global 1-2 by winning the Tampa Pro contest in Florida as a rookie, then traveling to Estonia to win the Simple Sessions Street contest, to Norway for a 2nd-place finish at the X Games, and finally returning to the US to take 2nd at both the Dew Tour Street in Long Beach, California and the X Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Nyjah Huston (Laguna Beach, CA)
Over his 15-year illustrious career, the three-time reigning world champion and 13-time X Games gold medalist, Nyjah Huston, has swiftly progressed the sport of professional street skating since becoming the youngest-ever X Games competitor at age 11. A 2021 TIME100 Next honoree (the foremost honor from the distinguished publication, celebrating the next 100 most influential people in the world), Huston remains the winningest skateboarder in history. With 19 X Games medals (13 gold), six SLS Super Crowns and three ESPY Awards for “Best Male Action Sports Athlete,” the Nike SB athlete is the most-decorated professional skateboarder in history with a collection of titles and trophies that rival sport legends across all disciplines. Making good on ESPN Magazine’s 2013 prediction that he will be the sole athlete to change the course of his sport over the next decade, Huston is primed to dominate on the global stage this Summer—he stands head and shoulders above the next closest American skateboarder in Olympic qualifying points.
Alana Smith (Mesa, AZ)
Ever since Alana Smith stormed onto the X Games scene in 2013 with a Women’s Park Silver medal in Barcelona, it’s been clear that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Alana is among a select group of skateboarders who push limits and boundaries, regardless of the terrain. Her transition skills are very impressive, and at times can even threaten to overshadow her considerable street prowess. Alana was the first female to do a backflip on a skateboard, and in 2015 Alana took first at Vert Attack in Sweden, as well as both Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic events that year. Switching athletic gears, she also landed on the podium that year in Chicago at Street League, taking home the third-place trophy.
Alexis Sablone (Old Saybrook, CT)
Alexis Sablone is amongst the most respected female street skateboarders in the world. Since capturing the attention of the skateboard world back in 2002, as the only girl to have a part in the ever-memorable PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life video, she went on to claim three X Games Gold, two Silver, and two Bronze medals, and is currently the only pro female on several all-male teams, including Converse and Alltimers Skateboards. Not only is Alexis a fierce competitor, but a true street skateboarder, through and through. Alongside her skateboarding career, Alexis has managed to balance her other occupations as an artist and architect, as well—something fairly uncommon amongst her skateboarding peers. She holds an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, as well as a Masters in Architecture from the prestigious MIT. With that kind of drive, you can bet we’ll be hearing a lot more from Alexis.
Mariah Duran (Albuquerque, NM)
Mariah is one of the most technical and talented skaters today, taking on big stair sets and rails with finesse and ease. She’s been a member of the USA Skateboarding Women’s Street National Team since it started in 2019, is the reigning National Champion for women’s street, and is one of the top women skaters heading into skateboarding’s inaugural debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games. 2016 was a breakout year for Mariah, clinching the Silver medal at X Games and releasing two full video parts before turning pro for Meow Skateboards. She won her first SLS podium spot at the Super Crown World Championship in 2017. It’s easy to see why Duran then became a back-to-back X Games Gold medalist in 2018.
All team nominations are subject to United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee approval. All in-person event participants and attendees will be required to follow USOPC recommended COVID-19 protocols.
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