Skateboarding, which was invented successful Southern California 70 years ago, makes its Olympic debut Saturday nighttime successful Tokyo.
One of the stars of the U.S. squad is 20-year-old Jagger Eaton, who trains adjacent San Diego.
“It feels similar erstwhile you onshore something, and you onshore it clean, it's similar you were meant to bash it for millions of years, and it's the craziest feeling ever,” Jagger said.
“It's creating your ain world and for skateboarding, I mean, that's benignant of however it's ever been. You know, you can't deliberation astir falling, you can't deliberation astir these different objectives, you person to conscionable beryllium successful the moment.”
Jagger has spent astir of his beingness connected a skateboard, learning to flip and fly, agelong earlier the athletics was added to the Olympic competition.
Now that skateboarding is making its Olympic debut, helium feels similar it’s ever been his destiny.
“I’m feeling beyond ready. I'm feeling the astir I've ever felt successful my life.”
Competition is successful his blood, Jagger’s parents were competitory gymnasts with Olympic dreams of their own, his household runs a gymnastics grooming gym successful Mesa, Arizona.
“I was ever brought up doing calisthenics and, you know, aerobics and doing each these things, you know, conscionable arsenic a kid and truly applying that to skateboarding like, changed my life,” helium said.
Shortly aft Jagger got his archetypal board, astatine property four, his dada built a skate ramp wrong the gym for Jagger and his member Jett, yet turning the concern into a household affable sports analyzable called Kids That Rip.
“My dada enactment everything into making this a concern for america and doing what we're doing, what helium can, to money the dream,” Jagger said.
Jagger’s dad, Geoff Eaton, says helium knew his lad was determined astatine an aboriginal property erstwhile different genitor reported Jagger's tireless passionateness and perseverance.
“Your son’s throwing a acceptable successful the skate park, I'd beryllium like, what’s helium throwing a acceptable about? He’s similar well, he’s landing connected the factual astir 50 times successful a enactment connected his backmost and helium can’t instrumentality it anymore, and he’s throwing a fit. And I'm like, what would you do? He’d beryllium like, ‘I'd person near 43 tries agone and that’s the difference, right?’”
The Team USA jock explained what it was similar to beryllium an American emblem bearer alongside Sue Bird. “It’s a awesome of liberty, a awesome of opportunity—one that my household needed and near their state for,” Alvarez said. “I was precise honored to basal with that flag.”
That competitory tone helped Jagger, astatine property 11, go the youngest skateboarder astatine the X-Games successful Los Angeles successful 2013. He went connected to rack up title wins astir the world, breaking records, and 8 bones successful the process. He credits his occurrence to his devoted parents.
“They were truthful diligent with maine and everything that I went through. I mean I enactment my ma done countless injuries and I enactment my dada done truthful overmuch misdirected choler from skateboarding and the passionateness that I possessed and not knowing wherever to enactment it successful him, ever giving backmost and benignant of helping maine enactment it wherever I needed to successful the close places,” Jagger said.
Jagger’s beardown household ties support him going portion he’s connected the road, particularly his choky enslaved with his 7-year-old sister Hendryx.
“Hendryx is the champion happening that ever happened to me,” helium said.
Hendryx says erstwhile Jagger returns from the Olympics, helium promised to instrumentality her retired connected a peculiar day to the mall.
“I’m ace excited, and I'm ace arrogant of him,” she said.
Jagger chopped his agelong hairsbreadth for the games and volition march successful the opening ceremonial connected Friday and volition vie connected Saturday night.
“I'm going to spell into that contention to win, similar I spell into each contention and um, based connected the past results that I've had, I would springiness myself a bully chance,” helium said.
“USA dude, that’s what it is man!”