Hawk, a 12-time world champion, took part in the 1996 Olympic Closing Ceremony during an extreme sports performance to hard rock music. “With their unique presentation styles, the correspondents will tell stories about the athletes, competition, culture, and history, as the Olympic Games return to Tokyo for the first time since 1964,” according to an NBC Sports press release.
He became the first vert skateboarder to land a 900 in 1999. Also that year, the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater™ video game debuted. A 46-year-old Danish skateboarder who was in the first version of that game qualified for the Tokyo Games. Follow @nbcolympictalk
OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us! 1996 Olympics closing ceremonies. Outfits on point. Frazier Crum Dyani Hendrix Cab Way Hawk Howard Menditto Boyle pic.twitter.com/E98KdPGRuP
Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were also added for the 2024 Paris Games. Skateboarding was added to the Olympic program for Tokyo under new rules that allow hosts to propose sports strictly for their edition of the Games. Skateboarding was added along with baseball, softball, karate, sport climbing and surfing.
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