"USA Skateboarding Journey to Tokyo Presented by Toyota" Released Globally on The Olympic Channel
Live Worldwide on the Olympic Channel
Irvine, Calif. (January 28, 2021) — The “USA Skateboarding Journey to Tokyo Presented by Toyota” documentary is now available to television audiences worldwide on The Olympic Channel and digitally at olympicchannel.com. Following a successful premiere on NBC Sports in the United States, the expanded distribution to both a free digital platform and television audiences around the globe comes at an exciting time, just six months prior to skateboarding’s long-awaited debut in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The film follows USA Skateboarding from the first National Team's announcement in March of 2019 through the present day that includes 21 months of training, travel, competitions, injuries, societal upheaval, and a pandemic, all seen through the eyes of USA Skateboarding's Olympic hopefuls.
“Our goal has always been to utilize Olympic inclusion to shine a light on the culture that brought skateboarding to the Games, we’re proud of our team and this film for doing just that. Whether you just want to see some amazing skateboarding, or you’re curious about skateboarding’s place in the Olympic Movement and the world, our Journey to Tokyo is required viewing.” said Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding.
In addition to the competitions during the Olympic qualifying process, the film explores skateboarding's place in the protest of injustice and racism in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd. Coming from a culture centered on freedom of expression, skaters have been active and visible, showing up for social justice and equality.
As stated in the film by USA Skateboarding National Team member Samarria Brevard: "Skateboarding stood up in a way I wasn't even ready for — showing face and not being quiet. We're doing a lot by encouraging kids to vote, encouraging kids to learn more about how the world is, which is amazing to me."
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 features 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 also documents the impact of the pandemic that canceled the entire 2020 Olympic Skateboarding qualification event schedule and postponed the Olympic Games for the first time ever.