How to qualify for skateboarding at Paris 2024. The Olympic qualifying system explained

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“Success” is perhaps the best word to describe skateboarding’s first competition at the Olympic Games.

Urban sport made its debut in Tokyo 2020 and the world will not forget the memories of fierce competition coupled with a genuine display of friendship and solidarity.

The Japanese athletes won five medals including three gold in Tokyo, while the Brazilians won three silver medals. With Tokyo 2020 being a showcase of young talent and an ever-increasing level of competition, the upcoming Olympic skateboarding competition is sure to be a must-attend event.

To Paris 2024, women’s and men’s park and street competitions are back on the program. Find out everything you need to know about the path to qualification below.

How many athletes will compete in skateboarding at Paris 2024?

In total, 88 athletes will participate in the Paris 2024 skateboarding competition – 22 athletes per event for men’s and women’s street, and men’s and women’s park events. This is eight more in total than in Tokyo.

As host country, France will receive four quota – one for men and one for women in each event – while the the same amount will be set aside for universality places which will be decided by the Tripartite Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The other 80 quota places will be allocated based on the competitions preceding the Games, with a maximum of 12 quota places per National Olympic Committee (NOC) – three for men and three for women in each event.

What is the skate qualification course for Paris 2024?

For the 80 athletes (20 per event) aiming to qualify for quota places for Paris 2024 (excluding host country and universality places), the following process will give them the opportunity to book their tickets for the Games.

First, an athlete will need to be listed by name in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking (OWSR) of the June 24, 2024.

Several competitions will be considered in the OWSR and the five levels of events from which points are awarded are as follows:

  • World Championship
  • Olympic Qualification Series
  • Professional visit
  • “5 Star” Events
  • “3 star” events

Unlike the Tokyo 2020 qualifying route, the Continental Championships will now be categorized as “3-Star” events and the National Championships will not be included in the qualifying strata.

The OWSR will be separated into three seasons, distributed as follows:

  • 2022: June 22 to December 31
  • 2023: January 1 to December 31
  • 2024: January 1 to June 23

Unlike some other sports, athletes will be selected by name. These names will be decided according to the OWSR as of June 24, 2024.

Each of the five continents of the Olympic Movement is guaranteed one athlete per event. If a continent does not qualify an athlete, the place will be allocated to the highest ranked athlete on the OWSR of the continent’s representation, if available.

Here are the Paris 2024 qualifying events for 2022

  • June 26 – July 3, 2022: Street Skateboarding Rome (Pro Tour) – Rome (ITA)
  • October 2 – October 9, 2022: Rio 2022 World Skate Park Championships – Rio De Janeiro (BRA)
  • October 9 – October 16: Rio World Skate Street World Championships 2022 – Rio De Janeiro (BRA)

What is the format and schedule of the Paris 2024 skate competition?

The Paris 2024 skateboarding competition will take place over four days at Concord on July 27 and 28 for street eventsand August 6 and 7 for park activities.

World Skate has published the competition formats for the Paris 2024 Street eventas well as for all the qualifying events, which are as follows:

The competitions will be held in two phases: qualification and the final, with the top eight from the first phase advancing to the final.

In each phase, the skaters will perform two runs of 45 seconds each, which will be scored between 0 and 100, with only the score of the best run counting. They then perform five rounds, also scored between 0 and 100, with the best two rounds counting towards the score. The total score is compiled by adding the scores for the best run and two tricks, resulting in a final score between 0 and 300.

An important new rule that has been added is the trick phase denial procedure. A skater now has the right to have a trick erased if they wish to try to improve it, without incurring a repetition penalty. Disallowed attempts count for zero points.

The Park format for the Paris 2024 qualifiers has not yet been revealed.

Skateboarders to follow at Paris 2024

To park

The first Olympic champion in the women’s park event was Yosozumi Sakura from Japan. Aged just 19 when she competed at Tokyo 2020, she should be one to watch at Paris 2024. Keep a close eye out for the silver medalist too Hiraki Kokona – also from Japan – who was only 12 years old in Tokyo. The young British star, sky brown, who won bronze at 13 after recovering from a crash in her first two races, will also have two years to improve as she targets gold in Paris. France Madeleine Lacheron was another young star who has time to progress. She was 15 in Tokyo and will aim for the podium at her home Games in Paris.

Australian Keegan Palmer dominated the men’s event final, scoring 94.04 points in his first run to clinch gold. He improved to 95.83 points in his last race, beating the Brazilian Pedro Baros who won silver with 86.14 points. The two will likely be among the favorites again in Paris, along with the bronze medalist from the United States. Cory Juneau and his compatriot Zion Wright.

No Japanese skaters qualified for the men’s park finals, but while Hiran Ayumu failed to make the top eight in the semi-finals, the 23-year-old won gold at the Beijing 2022 snowboarding halfpipe event. To date, he hasn’t not decided if he will try to qualify for Paris 2024. “I might do it if I suddenly feel motivated to do it,” he told Olympics.com.

Street

In the women’s street event, Nishiya Momiji (JPN) won gold at 13, finishing just ahead of the Brazilian star Rayssa Leal, who was also 13 years old in Japan. Leal revealed her talents to the world when a video of her landing a heelflip in a tutu went viral after skateboarding legend Tony Hawk shared it. She will aim for gold again at the next Olympics, while her compatriot Leticia Bufoniwho will be 31 at the time of the Games, will also be able to compete.

On the men’s side, Japan’s Horigome Yuto was nearly untouchable on his way to gold. Same Nyjah Huston, six-time world champion, was unable to reach the podium in a hotly contested event. These two skaters, who are currently considered the best in the world, will certainly be in Paris, together with the Brazilian Kelvin Hoeflersilver medalist in Tokyo, and American Jagger Eaton, who won bronze. French skaters will also aim to create history at home, with Vincent Snowy (4th in Tokyo) and Aurelien Giraud (6th) representing two of their best medal chances.

Timeline of skateboard qualifications for Paris 2024

  • June 22, 2022 – June 23, 2024: Olympic period to earn OWSR points
  • June 26 – July 3, 2022: Street Skateboard Rome (Pro Tour) – Rome (ITA)
  • October 2 – October 9, 2022: Rio 2022 World Skate Park Championships – Rio De Janeiro (BRA)
  • October 9 – October 16: Rio 2022 World Skate Street Championships – Rio De Janeiro (BRA)
  • June 24, 2024: Publication of the Olympic World Skateboard Ranking and World Skate to inform NOCs/NFs of the places allocated to them
  • June 29, 2024: NOCs must confirm the use of quota places allocated to World Skate
  • June 30, 2024: World Skate will begin reallocating all unused quota spots
  • July 7, 2024: World Skate will complete the reallocation of all unused quota spots
  • To be determined: The Tripartite Commission will confirm in writing the allocation of Universality Places to NOCs (if applicable)
  • July 8, 2024: Deadline for sports registration Paris 2024
  • July 26 – August 11, 2024: Olympic Games Paris 2024

Find out more about the qualification system for the other sports that will be present at Paris 2024.

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