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25/07/2021 09:37 BST | Updated 25/07/2021 09:37 BST

The Aerials, Slides And Wipeouts Of Skateboarding's First Olympics

The men's street competition began Saturday, and photographers captured every grinding moment of it.

Skateboarders have their first-ever chance for an Olympic gold.

The men’s street competition began Saturday, giving audiences their first taste of the rebel “anti-sport” on the global athletics stage. Women’s street begins Sunday, and the park competition for women and men debuts August 3 and 4.

Two of the Olympic’s youngest stars will participate in park — Team GB’s 13-year-old Sky Brown and Kokona Hiraki of Japan, who is 12.

The street course was created to model real-world obstacles like stair cases and railings. The park course has the giant bowls and half-pipes seen in skateparks. Check out these incredible images of Olympic Street Skateboarding’s debut.

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Vincent Milou of Team France competes at the Skateboarding Men's Street Prelims on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park.
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Nyjah Huston of Team USA practises prior the Skateboarding Men's Street Prelims on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Jake Ilardi of Team USA competes at the Skateboarding Men's Street Prelims.
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Sora Shirai of Team Japan competes at the Skateboarding Men's Street Prelims.
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Gustavo Felipe of Team Brazil competes at the Skateboarding Men's Street Prelims Heat 1.
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Jagger Eaton of the US takes a fall as he competes in the men's street prelims heat 1.
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Yuto Horigome of Team Japan competes at the Skateboarding Men's Street Prelims.
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Jake Ilardi of the US competes in the men's street prelims heat 2.
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Brazil's Kelvin Hoefler takes a fall as he competes in the men's street prelims heat 2.
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Australia's Shane O'Neill competes in the men's street prelims heat 2.
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Brazil's Gustavo Felipe reacts as he competes in the men's street prelims heat 1 during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.