The Olympic debut of skateboarding will feature four medal events:
- Men’s Park
- Men’s Street
- Women’s Park
- Women’s Street
In park events, athletes perform in a dome-shaped bowl featuring a variety of transitions, jumps and complex curves. Scoring isbased on criteria such as height, creative tricks, originality and speed. Competitors can increase the difficulty of their tricks with grabs and mid-air rotations.
Street terrain includes elements such as stairs, curbs, ledges and rails. Judges take into account height, speed, originality, execution and composition of tricks.
Three-time Olympic snowboarding (halfpipe) gold medalist Shaun White also is an accomplished skateboarder. He’s won multiple X Games medals in the sport, but all in vert, a non-Olympic discipline.