The first silver medal in skateboarding went to Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler, who slept with his board when he fell in love with skateboarding as a child.
American skater Jagger Eaton won bronze, with Arizona adapting best among Americans to the heat at Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo. The scorching sun softened the rubber seals on the axles of the boards’ wheels, making them more difficult to control.
One of skateboarding’s biggest stars, Nyjah Huston of the United States, has repeatedly fallen while trying to perform tricks and placed seventh in the eight-man final.
The Californian was among those who battled oven-like conditions in the skatepark of rails, stairs, ledges and other street furniture that gave the event its name.
“Your feet are starting to burn,” he said. “Your board gets so hot it flexes more. That’s kind of why I came across one of this stuff over there. “
Skateboarding’s Olympic debut delivered exactly what the Games organizers had hoped for: a high-adrenaline rush of thrills and plenty of outflows from plugged-in athletes to a younger audience. Eaton celebrated his bronze medal by pulling his phone out of his pocket and broadcasting live on Instagram.
As Huston melted in the heat and pressure, Horigome was freezing cold, performing the toughest tricks. In his most impactful stunt, the 22-year-old flipped the board under him on takeoff and slid it along a jagged rail on his nose, a trick called a nollie 270 noselide.
This earned a high score of 9.5. Horigome was the only skater in the Final to score only nines in all of his tricks that counted.