The International Olympic Committee has openly embraced snowboarding in the Olympics and continues to add extreme events to the Winter and Summer Games, so the logical next step would be to add skateboarding to the list of events.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is among those who believe skateboarding will soon be added to Olympic competition and he appears very confident that the addition will be made.
“I don’t know if it’s too definite or not, but I have heard it’s very likely going to be in the 2020 Games,” Hawk told Larry King in a recent interview.
“If you look at the success of snowboarding in the Winter Games and how that’s brought a more youthful edge to the Olympics in general, they don’t have that with the Summer Games. They don’t have anything that’s drawing in a younger viewership.
“To be honest, I think they need skateboarding more than we need them because skateboarding’s popularity is solidified, for the most part, in a lot of countries.”
While Hawk would be far too old to be competing in the inaugural event, you can still be sure that he would be interested in seeing how the athletes throw down their tricks and the crowd would likely be equally as impressed.
Personally, snowboarding events have become some of the most entertaining Olympic competitions, so skateboarding would instantly become must-see TV.