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Covering a Weird Olympics

Covering a Weird Olympics

Sports
Members of The New York Times staff at the Tokyo Olympics reflected on moments that will stay with them from a Games undercut by the pandemic but filled with emotional twists.When the Olympics happened at BMXWhen a great athlete earned an event victory, the culmination of years of practice, dedication and sacrifice, there was some polite applause from a few scattered volunteers, or maybe a shout from a coach. Not the roar of a packed stadium excited by the spectacle they had witnessed.But at the BMX cycling, one man tried to overcome that. Kye Whyte of Britain had just won a silver medal, and he paused to watch the women’s event. His teammate, Bethany Shriever, had two years before turned to crowdfunding after her state financing was cut. Now, as Shriever surged ahead of the other competit...
Olympic Skateboarding: Horigome Soars and Huston Stumbles

Olympic Skateboarding: Horigome Soars and Huston Stumbles

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TOKYO — With its street-riding roots, youthful vibe and full immersion into culture of all kinds, skateboarding was invited to the Olympics because its global reach could no longer be denied.But it only had to look across town for its first Olympic champion.Yuto Horigome, the 22-year-old son of a Tokyo taxi driver, had the gold medal for men’s street skateboarding draped around his neck on Sunday in an empty, sun-drenched skatepark about eight miles from where he grew up.With the venue’s grandstands left empty because of pandemic protocols, the biggest ovation he received was from the army of volunteers working at Ariake Urban Sports Park, who trailed him with enthusiastic applause.But the victory was sure to resonate. A few miles away, Horigome’s father, Ryota, the one who first taught Yu...
Nyjah Huston’s Long, Strange Skateboard Trip to the Olympics

Nyjah Huston’s Long, Strange Skateboard Trip to the Olympics

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“If he can make it through his teen years, I think he’s the future of street and park skateboarding,” Dan Bostick, president of World Cup Skateboarding, said at the time.In the same article, Adeyemi Huston acknowledged that the attention was overwhelming. He handled all aspects of Nyjah’s career — management, coaching, travel, filming. From 2006 to 2008, from the ages of 11 to 13, Nyjah averaged $310,000 per year in sponsorships and contest winnings, according to court documents.“We’re learning,” Adeyemi Huston said. “We’ve set principles to keep the hype and distraction out of his view.”To truly keep it hidden, he moved the family to Puerto Rico. They found an isolated mountain farm. It was a life of tropical fruit and farm animals, reggae music and marijuana, dirt bikes and board games. ...
‘Betty’ Skates Into Season 2

‘Betty’ Skates Into Season 2

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MORAN I care a lot about mental health issues being less taboo because that reduces stigma and assumptions, which can be very hurtful to people that suffer from mental illness. I have a story, and I’m planning on sharing it with the Jed Foundation, but I’m not talking about it yet because it hasn’t happened yet. [Laughs.] But it’s in the works.I took a break from doing these things called “girl sessions” for a while because Covid was really bad — a girl session is when I post a flyer like “Open Skate,” and then whoever wants to come comes. A lot of girls come, from all over the place, and everyone’s learning from each other. I think it’s getting better to be outside again, so I’m going to start doing girl sessions soon.RUSSELL I love Tony Hawk — he’s such a nice person and he’s so great. B...
Skateboarding’s Cardinal Rule: Dare to Be You

Skateboarding’s Cardinal Rule: Dare to Be You

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We asked photographers across the country to document how skateboarders come together to foster community.They’re gathering in odd corners of the office park. They’re trolling under bridges. They’re jumping stairs and grinding rails.They’re just being themselves.There may be no other sport, if it must be called a sport as it rolls toward its debut at the Summer Olympics, where expression comes so freely. Where freedom is so expressive.Just four wheels and a board. The only other barrier to entry is the imagination.No uniforms, besides some flat-bottomed rubber soles. Above that, whatever you want. Maybe some Dickies, maybe some Nyjah-style short shorts, maybe mom jeans and suspenders like the 17-year-old pro Bryce Wettstein rocked at a contest last weekend.Socks to the knees, or no socks a...
Paul Van Doren, 90, Dies; Built an Empire With Vans Sneakers

Paul Van Doren, 90, Dies; Built an Empire With Vans Sneakers

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Paul Van Doren, a founder of Vans, the Southern California sneaker company that became synonymous with skateboarding almost by chance and then grew into a multibillion-dollar business, died on May 6 in Fullerton, Calif. He was 90.His death, at the home of one of his children, was confirmed by a representative for VF Corporation, which now owns Vans. He lived in Las Vegas.Mr. Van Doren founded the Van Doren Rubber Company in 1966 with the investor Serge D’Elia and soon brought on his younger brother James and Gordon Lee, a colleague from his years working for another sneaker manufacturer.The idea was straightforward: sell high-quality but inexpensive sneakers from a store adjacent to a factory in Anaheim. The company handled production on-site, making it easy to fill orders of different siz...
Learn To Skate This Summer

Learn To Skate This Summer

Technology
First came the walks — and then, seemingly all at once, the wheels.Back at the beginning of the pandemic with interminable lockdowns on the horizon, people broke up the monotony of their homestays with short jaunts on foot around the neighborhood just to get some sunlight and fresh air; or, as the writer Ruby Keane put it, “a stupid little daily walk just to feel something.” But with the arrival of warm weather came a collective need for (relatively more) speed, in the form of bicycles, skateboards, roller skates and the like. Global shortages arose as manufacturers struggled to keep up with demand for recreational wheels, and this year is shaping up similarly, with supply chains already feeling the crush of spring sales.Still, snagging these coveted items can be just the first hurdle to o...
Tony Hawk and Family Hit the Open Road During Quarantine

Tony Hawk and Family Hit the Open Road During Quarantine

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In early July, Tony Hawk and Catherine Goodman, rounded up their six children, Riley Hawk, 28, Spencer Hawk, 21, Miles Goodman, 21, Keegan Hawk, 19, Calvin Goodman, 18, and Kadence Hawk, 12, for a road trip across the western United States in an R.V.“In the beginning of the pandemic, it became pretty clear that the kids were so desperate to get out,” Ms. Goodman said. The two-week road trip consisted of stops in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Colorado — all states that the family had never explored.Mr. Hawk and Ms. Goodman, who married in 2015, are no strangers to travel. Prepandemic, Mr. Hawk, the professional skateboarder, would spend half of the year traveling for work, which included attending skate competitions, fund-raising events, and shooting commercials, and Ms....