There are a few reasons I felt like writing something on skateboarding in the Olympics. Ive been asked a lot about it and I feel like some people are really struggling with the idea of it. At the end of the day haters going hate, but Im hoping to help open some ideas and thoughts up to people. Skateboarding has changed so much to be honest, I feel the majority of the industry has already sold out and has been super commercialised. That being said I also think that it is more individual and progressive then it’s ever been. I think we all need to step back and remember the first day we stepped on a skateboard, work out why we skateboard and just focus on that.
(This is the rough response I have heard from people that are anti skateboarding becoming a Olympic sport.)
“Skateboarding is not a ‘sport’ and we do not want skateboarding exploited and transformed to fit into the Olympic program. We feel that Olympic involvement will change the face of skateboarding and its individuality and freedoms forever. We feel it would not in any way support skateboarders or skateparks. We do not wish to be part of it and will not support the Olympics if skateboarding is added as an Olympic sport.” – Anti Olympic Petition
Ok, I agree I don’t call skateboarding a sport either. I wouldn’t really know what to call it and I don’t really care, I’m don’t going waste any time or energy being annoyed with people calling it that. Will I cringe every time its announced as a sport? maybe, but I’m not going to let it ruin my day.
I haven’t seen the format or heard how they are thinking about doing it, but I can’t imagine them being able to transform skateboarding to fit it into the olympics. I think the opposite, they’re transforming the olympics to fit in with skateboarding. The main reason for added these 5 new elements to the Olympics is to involve and interest the youth in an event that has been going since 1896. They already know and have seen skateboarding is at a new time high in popularity, thats why its being added in the first place. What some of you may not know is that there are a lot of people working behind the scenes to ensure that this all is done properly and won’t be some lame event that your imagining it to be. Im not naming names but I promise you that some of the skaters that you look up to and think are super “cool” are helping in this process. I understands peoples fear and hesitation, its something new that has never been done before and for some people new things are scary, but as far as individuality and freedoms forever its as simple – don’t watch it don’t be a part of and sure as hell don’t let it steal your individuality and freedom. If thats whats skateboarding in the Olympics is going to do to you, you have a bigger issue.
As far as not supporting skateboarders. I feel it will do quite the opposite, in fact this is my main reason for thinking its a great idea. When I went to South Africa for the Kimberly Dimond cup I met a young man who hitch hiked for days to get to the contest to skate in the ams he didn’t have a board so someone lent him a board and he ripped, he was really good. He told me it was the best day of his life and I promise you he went home proud and motivated. If there is one story like that that comes from this I think its worth it. Were so lucky in Australia and a lot of the other countries where skateboarding is dominant already. We have so many opportunities at our finger tips, if we want it bad enough we can make anything happen. There are skateboarders all over the world that don’t have these chances, they don’t have skateparks, they don’t have skate shops, they don’t have any support at all. I think the Olympics will open and give success and support to skateboarders all over the world. I think it will build more skateparks. Also for people that may not have ever had the opportunity to travel or leave there town will now be supported and pushed to do so. Not only that they will leave become a Olympian and inspire young skaters around them. It will help show new skaters from all over the world that wouldn’t of had that platform.
As far as money I don’t feel like the olympics will be much different to the Street Leagues and X-games. If your hating, have a quick look down at your shoes your board and your clothes are you supporting the right companies? If your hating on one thing but giving money to the people your hating maybe thats were to run your focus instead of being frustrated about everything changing and getting taken in directions you’er not happy with. Just don’t let it be that way for your self.
All in all it is what it is I don’t think theres much to be done now. Share your opinions, email people, join groups if you feel so strongly about it but really just don’t watch it. Don’t be a part of it, don’t allow it ruin anything for you. Log of your computers and just go skateboard.