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Skateboarding to debut at Tokyo Olympics 2021 despite counter-culture history

Skateboarding joins surfing and sports climbing at the Tokyo Olympics this summer at a new course built on Tokyo's waterfront with four gold medals up for grabs. Though the Olympics will give skateboarding a shiny new spin, the sport's history is embedded in counter-culture.
French skateboarder Vincent Matheron trains for the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Bowl du Prado skatepark in Marseille on June 24, 2021. - After being injured for several months, Vincent Matheron will join the French skateboard team to compete for the Olympic games in Tokyo. Skateboarding will make its debut appearance in the competition. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)(AFP)
French skateboarder Vincent Matheron trains for the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Bowl du Prado skatepark in Marseille on June 24, 2021. - After being injured for several months, Vincent Matheron will join the French skateboard team to compete for the Olympic games in Tokyo. Skateboarding will make its debut appearance in the competition. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 07:44 AM IST
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