TODAY SKATEBOARDING BECAME AN OLYMPIC SPORT!

Today August 3rd, 2016, skateboarding history was made when the International Olympic Committee officially voted to include skateboarding in the 2020 Summer Olympics. The proposal was accepted by unanimous vote around 12:30pm Pacific Time. Over the past few years skateboarding’s inclusion in the Olympic Games has become our most polarizing debate, with every culture and sub-culture of skateboarding voicing their opinion. Today every skateboarder has to face the reality skateboarders can now become Olympic Gold Medalists.

What began with the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in the summer of 2014, and continued to Istanbul, Turkey, for the first Global Skateboarding Summit in May 2015, has now crescendoed to a pivotal junction in skateboarding history. Today, August 3rd, 2016, skateboarding has officially become a sport in the Olympic Games. With the announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), officially publicizing skateboarding’s Olympic inclusion during the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, the skate world awaits both waves of protest and celebration. We have already seen several key professional skateboarders voice their approval for skateboarding’s inclusion in the Olympics from the International Federation of Skateboarding (ISF), who at this point will most likely oversee skateboarding in the Olympics.