Who is Yuto Horigome?
Yuto Horigome Born on January 7, 1999, he is a Japanese professional skateboarder. He is the first person to win a skateboarding gold medal at the Olympics, during the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Yuto Horigome wins the first Olympic gold on skateboard
Japan’s Yuto Horigome claimed the first Olympic skateboarding gold medal after regaining his composure with high-scoring tricks in the final rounds of an event held in his hometown of Tokyo on Sunday.
Kelvin Hoefler from Brazil won silver in the men’s street skating competition, while Jagger Eaton from the United States took bronze.
In a thrilling final, Horigome stumbled through the opening two runs, but regained his trademark coolness by landing four of the final five tricks, winning 9.50 in the penultimate race.
After his victory, Horigome told the Japanese broadcaster NHK that the Games were the culmination of years of work.
“I know it’s simple, but I’m really happy,” he said, describing how he gave his all to the final tricks after his disappointing races. “I was stressed inside, but I was able to turn it around with my best tricks,” he said.
Nyjah Huston, a star skater from the USA who was expected to challenge Horigome for gold, collapsed after taking the first trick in the final, eventually finishing in seventh place.
Previously, Horigome, who grew up in the same district of the city where the Olympic skating venue is located, said he still couldn’t believe that skating made it to the Olympics.
The inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympics marks a turning point for the sport, which has its roots in youth street culture and has influenced everything from art to fashion.
Yuto Horigome Biography, Wiki
Yuto Horigome was born in Tokyo, Japan. He has two younger brothers. Horigome started skating when he was seven years old. He started skating at the local Amazing Square Murasaki Skatepark in Tokyo, Japan. He went skating with his father, a former street skater, who taught Horigome to skateboard. Since the age of 14, Horigome has come to the United States on various skateboarding trips.
Due to all the travel, Horigome finished Japanese high school from an online virtual school. When in the United States, Horigome stays at friends’ places, including professional skater Micky Papa, in Los Angeles, United States. Horigome remains in the United States in the winter periods due to the cold season in Japan. Since Horigome moved to the United States, he has been competing in numerous skating events in the United States such as the Tampa Am and Dew Tour, as well as participating in filming.
Yuto Horigome’s professional skateboarding career
At a young age, Yuto Horigome was sponsored by a Japanese gasket company. Because of his talent at an early age, Horigome wanted to try his luck in the United States. In 2015, Horigome participated in the Wild In The Parks skate contest, organized by Volcom and The Berrics in Los Angeles. Horigome finished second. In Los Angeles, he stayed at a filmmaker’s house and went out to film some skating parts alongside Micky Papa, who was sponsored by Blind Skateboards at the time. Soon after, Micky Papa spoke with the team principal and Horigome joined the Blind Skateboards team in 2015. In January 2019, Horigome left the Blind Skateboards team. In May 2019, Horigome joined April Skateboards, owned by pro skater Shane O’Neill, who became a Horigome pro.
Yuto Horigome’s World Skate Rankings
Horigome currently ranks second in the world (street) skate ranking with 62,480 points. The ranking is currently led by Nyjah Huston with 67,080 points.
Starting in 2021, Yuto Horigome is sponsored by Nike SB, April Skateboards, Venture, and Spitfire.
Yuto Horigome’s personal honors
Horigome has been named “Skater of the Year” at the Japan Action Sports Awards in 2017 and 2018.