VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Three B.C. professional athletes will make history at the Tokyo Games, ending up being the very first members of Canada’s inaugural Olympic skateboard group.
Andy Anderson from White Rock, Matt Berger from Kamloops, and Micky Papa from Vancouver have actually been chosen to the group after certifying and settling their rankings at the Dew Tour in Iowa last month and the Street Skateboard World Championships in this month in Italy.
Skateboarding is making its Olympic launching at the Summer Games, which were expected to be held in 2015 however were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighty professional athletes representing 24 nations will complete at the Olympics, in both park and street occasions.
“The announcement of Canada’s first Olympic Skateboard team is a welcomed milestone in the rich history of skateboarding in our country,” stated Ben Stoddard, president of Canada Skateboard. “Andy, Matt and Micky have earned their place on the global stage by skating with class and individuality. We are so proud of their groundbreaking journeys and eager to watch them shine in Tokyo.”
Introducing the #TeamCanada professional athletes that will form Canada’s very first Olympic skateboarding group
• Andy Anderson
• Matt Berger
• Micky Papa
We are all Team Canada, from existing to brand-new Olympic sports
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) June 11, 2021
Head coach Adam Higgins and coach Sean Hayes are likewise from B.C., coming from Squamish and Tsawwassen respectively.
“The process to qualify for the Olympic Skateboard Team has been long and gruelling, not to mention the delay caused by the pandemic,” Higgins stated. “The final two events have really helped prepare us for Tokyo. With no events in over a year, coming back to competition and battling it out through weather delays, logistical trouble and dealing with all the COVID-19 hurdles, these skaters have proved to the world that they belong in Tokyo.”
According to his Olympic profile, Papa, who is 30, started significant amateur competitors in 2006, with his very first X Games in 2016. He made his world champion launching in 2019. He protected his put on the Olympic lineup with a 8th location surface at the World Championships in Rome this month, not decreasing throughout his certification trip.
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Team Canada states Berger, 27, who made his X Games launching in 2015, ended up amongst the top-10 in street competitors. He went through surgical treatment that exact same year, requiring him to miss out on the 2016 season. He published his finest outcome at an SLS Tour stop at the 2017 Pro Open. After another hiatus due to surgical treatment, Berger returned in 2018, contending to this day.
“It’s an honour to be representing the country that shaped me to be who I am, doing what I love to do,” Berger stated.
Meanwhile, Anderson, the youngest of the trio at 25, suffered an injury at the 2021 Dew Tour in the last occasion important for receiving the Olympics. However, he went on to protect 11th location, moving him up the international top-30 ranking for park.