Olympic Street Skateboarding - Womens Competition Wrap Up
July 27, 20213 min read
Womens Street Skateboarding made it's debut at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, and we were stoked to see all the girls our shredding. Including our young Aussie girl - Hayley Wilson. So if you missed it, let's have a look at what happened, and check the results for the first ever Womens Street Skateboarding Competition.
How Does the Scoring Work?
In Olympic Street Skateboarding, each women gets 2x 45second runs on the course, and 5x Best Trick attempts. Each Run or Trick is scored out of 10 by the panel of 5x Judges, based on speed, originality, style, execution and difficulty. Then, the 4x best scores are kept and combined for the total score. This process happens in Qualifying - with the top 8 progressing to the finals - where the process is repeated to get a winner.
Now, lets have a look at how the competition went down...
The 20 Women competing in Street Skateboarding were broken into 4x 5 person heats. Coming into the event, there were some definite favourites - with Leticia Bufoni from Brazil looking like the one to beat.
Australia had Hayley Wilson, who started skateboarding in Victoria, competing - and while she was an outside chance, she has plenty of tricks in her bag to make an impact on the competition. There was also a strong contingent of girls from host nation Japan, very eager to challenge for the title.
The early heats in qualifying had a few surprises - with solid scores coming in early, and way more falls than expected. Was the pressure getting to some of the favourites?? It certainly seemed like it when Leticia Bufoni couldn't execute some of the big tricks she's know for and missed the finals by one place - finishing in 9th.
Australia's Hayley Wilson also didn't have her best day - coming unstuck in both of her runs, and only landing one of her five trick attempts. Unfortunately this ended Hayley's competition in 16th place, but we are all still so stoked and proud to have an Aussie ripping with the best in the world at the first Olympic Skateboarding event.
With the shock results of the qualifying round, the finals were anybodies game. The host nation had 3x competitors in the final, and were looking good for a repeat of the day before (where Japan won gold in the Mens Street Skateboarding).
It ended up not only being a great day for Japan - but a great day for teenagers! With the entire podium made up of kids under the age of 18!
In first place, with an excellent opening run score and 3x solid trick scores was the 13 year old Momiji Nishiya from Japan.
She managed to just hold off her fellow 13 year-old from Brazil, Rayssa Leal, and her 16 year old country-women Funa Nakayama. Funa had a chance right at the end to snatch the win - and needed to score a big trick to take gold... she went for it, but just came unstuck. Locking Momiji in as one of the youngest Olympic Gold Medalists in history.