USA Skateboarding Journey to Tokyo Presented by Toyota

December 12, 2020

USA Skateboarding Journey to Tokyo Presented by Toyota

For Immediate Release:

Airs Sunday, December 13 at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on NBCSN

Documentary to Re-Air on The Olympic Channel

Irvine, Calif. (December 11, 2020) — Together with NBCSN and The Olympic Channel, the “USA Skateboarding Journey to Tokyo” documentary presented by Toyota will air on NBCSN this Sunday, December 13 at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. The Olympic Channel will re-air the docu- mentary (check local listing for date and time).

The film follows USA Skateboarding from the first National Team's announcement in March of 2019 through the present day. Twenty-one months of training, travel, competitions, injuries, and uncertainty, all seen through the eyes of our Olympic hopefuls. Simultaneously, as the American athletes attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the film showcases the complex journey of a culture-based sport as it makes its way to the Olympic stage.

“Watching our amazing team grind through qualification in the most unusual first Olympic Games experience any sport has ever seen has been a great reminder of the superpowers em- bodied in every skater by our culture,” said Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding. “Skate- boarders possess an unrivaled ability to adapt and persevere, and it has served us well during the challenge that was 2020. We are incredibly thankful to Toyota for helping us tell this story as our National Team makes their way to the Olympic Games for the first time, and we hope you’ll take some time to join us on the Journey to Tokyo.”

Produced in-house at USA Skateboarding, the documentary includes footage captured at 13 events in four countries during every stop of Olympic Skateboarding qualification. Profile fea- tures include current top-ranked women Bryce Wettstein (Park) and Mariah Duran (Street), along with Men’s World Champions Heimana Reynolds (Park) and Nyjah Huston (Street). The film documents the impact of the pandemic that canceled the entire 2020 Olympic Skateboard- ing qualification event schedule. It also explores skateboarding’s place in the protest of injustice and racism in the U.S. Coming from a culture centered on freedom of expression, skaters have been active and visible, showing up for social justice and equality.

“We’ve been a proud supporter of USA Skateboarding since 2019, and it is especially exciting to work by their side as they gear up to compete on the Olympic stage for the first time in Tokyo next summer,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, Olympic and Paralympic Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “Skateboarding is a dynamic, creative, and inclusive sport, and we hope that viewers enjoy this unique look at the National Team and the skateboarders in celebration of their abilities on and off the board."

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Contact

Katie Moses Swope, USA Skateboarding

katie.moses.swope@usaskateboarding.com

About USA Skateboarding

As the recognized governing body for skateboarding in the United States, USA Skateboarding (USAS) is responsible for the selection, training, and fielding of national teams that compete in the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and other sanctioned team events. USAS is also responsible for the development of youth skateboarding initiatives that support grassroots pro- grams, education, licensing, and safety while respecting and enhancing the existing culture of skateboarding in the United States. USAS is dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of Skateboarding while striving to guarantee that Skateboarding continues to provide the unique characteristics relevant to the sport's participants, and maintaining the integrity and authenticity of Skateboarding as a sport, a passion, and a lifestyle.

For more information, visit www.usaskateboarding.com.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve built more than 40 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealer- ships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2019.