Skateboarder Yuto Horigome expresses excitement ahead of X Games Chiba
Yuto Horigome, who won the men’s street competition in skateboarding’s historic debut at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, said on Thursday he was more than ready for this weekend’s X Games, the first that Japan welcomes.
On Friday, the three-day X Games Chiba kicks off at Zozo Marine Stadium. More than 100 athletes from 18 countries will compete for a total of 30 medals awarded in 10 competitions in three sports: skateboarding, BMX and motocross.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I hope to deliver my best skating,” said Horigome.
X Games Chiba will feature live musical performances, art installations, and a festive dining experience.
Among the invited athletes are Japanese figure skaters Horigome, women’s Olympic park champion Sakura Yosozumi and three-time X Games gold medalist Aori Nishimura.
Australian freestyle BMX rider Logan Martin is also on the entry list, but American street skateboarding star Nyjah Huston and Olympic men’s park skate champion Keegan Palmer of Australia have withdrawn.
X Games Chiba marks the 64th edition of X Games since the event’s inception in 1995.
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