The future of skateboarding is bright. The sport made its official debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and two Japanese skateboarders bagged the gold medals on home soil. For the men's street event, 22-year-old Yuto Horigome clinched the gold while 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya won the medal at the women's event.
Nishiya is just one of the many young faces at the Games, particularly in skateboarding where five out of the six youngest athletes are competing. With Nishiya's historic win—being Japan's youngest gold medallist and the first-ever women skateboarding gold medalist—it will inspire a new generation of young women to take up the sport which is often seen as male-dominated or rebellious.
"I welled up in tears because I was beyond happy," says the young Olympian when describing what she felt when she won the gold medal.