Australian Palmer won gold in skateboarding with a trick he learned in confinement


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Australian Palmer won gold in skateboarding with a trick he learned in confinement

“I learned all that in confinement,” Australian Keegan Palmer said after winning park skate gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

While the coronavirus pandemic impeded competitions and called into question the future of the Olympic Games, the australian skateboarder Keegan Palmer and his coach created a plan.

On the other side of the world, far from the skate community that congregates in California, the 18-year-old set out to work on perfecting an acrobatic trick that is rarely used due to its high degree of difficulty.

It is so complicated that he trained him for weeks without being able to achieve it.

So, on the steep walls of Tokyo park, he did.

His reward: an Olympic gold medal hanging around his neck.

I learned all that in confinement”He declared. “All those tricks they saw me do, they were with blood, sweat and tears in Australia”.

His gold in Thursday’s park competition was the last of four awarded in two weeks at the debut of skateboarding on the Olympic program. And it was the only gold medal that did not go to a Japanese, ending the host’s dominance in the discipline.

The silver went to the Brazilian Pedro Barros. It is the third medal for Brazil – all silver – in the debut of skateboarding in the Olympic program.

Cory Juneau took bronze, the second medal for the United States in skateboarding. The first, another bronze, was won by Jagger Eaton in the street test.

Palmer, who moved to the United States and moved to Australia with his parents as a baby, was perfect in both of his stunt races during the eight-competitor final.

He impressed the judges not only with the difficulty of his stunts but with the way he tacked them together during his two 45-second runs.

Especially impressive was the trick that turned out to be his secret weapon: the 540 kickflip.

Rising up a sloping wall, he spun the board on its axis as he climbed. Then, at the highest point, he took the board and turned it, bringing the point down.

Once the descent started, and gravity threatening to ruin it, Palmer stuck his feet to the back of the board and spun as he headed for the concrete, performing a rotation and a half. All that in a blink of an eye.

He landed the four wheels of the board with the smoothness of a feather.

The judges were stunned.

In a park competition, that is an extremely rare trick.“Canadian Judge Mike Prangnell told The Associated Press. “He did extremely difficult maneuvers that no one else could do.”

Palmer was the only one to pass 90 points in the competition. And he did it twice.

His 94.04 in his first race put the pressure on the other seven finalists. Most had to take risks and repeatedly fell in their attempt to catch him.

Then he put gold even further out of reach in his third race, which posted a 95.83 note and included the 540 kickflip.


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