Video: Tony Hawk samples Tokyo skatepark ahead of ‘surreal’ Olympic skateboarding debut

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Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk skates his office ramp with other pro skateboarders as they use the internet and social media to broadcast their session to the world during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vista, California, United States, May 8, 2020.
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Tokyo: Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk enjoyed a short session at the Tokyo Olympic skatepark on Thursday ahead of the sport’s debut at the Games.

The 53-year-old, working in Japan as an analyst for NBC, skated on the guidelines for the Japanese and US teams’ training sessions.

Hawk, who was the first skateboarder to complete a 900 (two and a half laps in the air) in 1999, posted a video of his efforts on social media.

“As a kid who was mainly criticized for my interest in skateboarding, I never imagined it would be part of the Olympics,” said the 10-time X Games champion.

“It is surreal to be in Tokyo now to witness this important step in the most unprecedented circumstances.

“I know that ultimately it will help develop the profile of skateboarding internationally, exposing our passion to an audience that has never seen it before or who simply refused to embrace it.”

Skateboarding is one of four sports that will be featured for the first time at the 2020 Olympics, alongside karate, sport climbing and surfing.

Hawk, who was the face of a popular video game series, recently competed in the X Games for the first time since 2003, finishing fourth in the Vert Best Trick competition.

“I predict this will be one of the highlights of all Olympic Games coverage this year,” he added.

Skateboarding begins with the men’s street competition on Sunday.

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