Jagger Eaton Wins First American Olympic Skateboarding Medal with Bronze in Men's Street Skateboarding Debut
Jagger Eaton. Photo: Robert Brink
Tokyo, Japan (July 25, 2021) — History was made today at Tokyo’s Ariake Park with the debut of skateboarding in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and Arizona’s Jagger Eaton bringing home the first Olympic Skateboarding medal for the United States. Eaton posted a final round score of 35.35, 0.8 behind the 36.15 points by Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler. Yuto Horigome of Japan gave the host nation the honor of winning the first gold medal presented in the sport by scoring 37.18.
“To be able to have skating on this pedestal where it is now and being able to have all these eyes on it, it makes me so happy because skating brings so much joy,” Eaton said about the Olympic debut of skateboarding. “And to be able to do this and take home a bronze for team USA and be the first skateboarder on earth to do this, my pride is just through the roof, and I’m so proud of Team USA and the battle that we went through these past few years to get here, and I feel blessed to take this home to Arizona."
Backside kickflip to fakie nosegrind. Photo: Robert Brink
Josh Friedberg, USA Skateboarding CEO: “Skateboarding’s debut in the Olympic Games looked and felt like the competitive skateboarding we all already know and love, and the results only emphasize what an incredibly difficult undertaking it is to compete at this level. Congrats to Yuto Horigome and Kelvin Hoefler on their Gold and Silver medals, and congrats to Jagger Eaton on making history as the first-ever American Olympic Skateboarding medalist with his Bronze today. While these three were on the podium, skateboarding truly won today!"
Jagger Eaton was the only skateboarder in the world headed into the Olympic Games world-ranked in the top 10 of both Park and Street disciplines. Eaton adds an Olympic Bronze medal to his extensive list of contest podiums – and at only 20 years old, the Mesa, Arizona native is just getting started.