Taking the Japanese Skate World By Storm
In just a few months, the 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan. For the first time in Olympic history, skateboarding is set to make its debut. Featuring Men and Women’s Street skateboarding, as well as Men and Women’s Park skateboarding, some of the best skateboarders in the world will be skating for Olympic glory.
There will be 20 skaters per event, which means only 80 skateboarders will have the opportunity to represent their countries and compete in these upcoming Olympics. The events for the Olympics include both Park skating and Street skating.
The journey to earn a spot at the Olympics has not been easy for these skateboarders. It all comes down to where they are ranked in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking. In order to score points towards their Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking, the skaters have been competing in a series of Olympic qualifying events.
The first qualifying season started in January 2019 and continued until the 30th of September, 2019. The second qualifying season began on October 1st, 2019, and will continue until May 31st, 2020. By the middle of June 2020, the first-ever Skateboarding Olympians will be determined and set to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
As you’ve probably seen, we’ve been covering a variety of different skateboarders here on the blog. One skateboarder in particular that Braille Skateboarding has been watching is Tokyo’s own women’s street skater, Aori Nishimura.
This Japanese skateboarder has been killing it in the Women’s Street Olympic qualifying events. She continues to prove why she is one of the very best in the world. This blog will shine a light on Aori Nishimura and her successful skateboarding career. We’ll take a look at some of her notable contest results, her sponsors and more, so be sure to continue reading to find out all there is to know about this future Skate Olympian!
Who is Aori Nishimura?
Aori Nishimura is a regular-footed Japanese professional skateboarder, born on July 31, 2001, in Tokyo, Japan. Aori started skating when she was just eight years old. Her father used to skate and had a skateboard lying around at home, so she picked it up. The moment Aori picked up that board, she was hooked and has been skating ever since.
Aori grew up skating around her house in Tokyo alongside her sisters, Sana and Kotone Nishimura, and they quickly progressed together. It is seemingly very helpful when you have your whole family learning and supporting you the entire way!
Aori Nishimura has been competing since 2016, which means she was only 15 when she competed in her first competition. In November of that same year, she took first place at the Asian Skateboarding Championships Women’s Street Finals. Since then, she’s been progressing and getting even better. Here are a couple of her contest results.
- SLS World Championships Finals, Sao Paulo Finals (3rd Place)
- X Games Norway (1st Place)
- Dew Tour Long Beach Women’s Street Finals (6th Place)
Aori Nishimura is also the first Japanese skater to win gold at the X-Games when she competed at X Games Minneapolis Women’s Street Finals in July of 2017. Aori has since gone on to win many more skateboarding contests and even has a Street League World Championship under her belt. So, needless to say, she’s been very busy!
Aori Nishimura in 2020
Aori Nishimura is now a member of the Japanese National Skateboarding team. She is currently ranked third in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for the Women’s Street discipline with 89,600 points. Some of Aori Nishimura’s sponsors include Deathwish, Nike SB, Shake Junt, Oakley and Coca-Cola.
Most recently, Aori Nishimura competed in November, 2019, at the World Skate Oi STU Open in Brazil. She earned herself 3rd place in the Women’s Street Finals which added 14,400 points toward her ranking. In September 2019, Aori managed to get a 2nd place finish at the International Skateboarding Open Henan Women’s Street Finals.
As far as recent video parts go, Aori Nishimura was featured in Nike SB’s “GIZMO”, which dropped in May of 2019. GIZMO is Nike SB’s first all-women’s skate video and pays homage to Elissa Steamer. The incredible skateboarding in this video gives us some insight into the future of women’s street skateboarding.
The video was directed by Jason Hernandez with assistance from Tyler Smolinski and features some big names:
- Aori Nishimura
- Rayssa Leal
- Lacey Baker
- Leticia Bufoni
- Hayley Wilson
- Sarah Meurle
- Josie Millard
- Nicole Hause
- Elissa “Gizmo” Steamer
Check out the full video part here!
On top of the above video part, check out a couple of the videos below to see her skate. You’ll be able to really see what she’s capable of, and it’s quite impressive!
Crazy right? She’s definitely very talented on a board and we can’t wait to see where the sport takes her!
Whether you’ve heard of her or not, now’s the time to keep an eye on Aori Nishimura. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for the Olympics.
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More On The Olympics
In order to keep up to date on the Olympics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!
- A Breakdown of The 2020 Olympics
- Skateboarding Events in the Olympics
- Why is Vert Skating Not in the Olympics?
You should also check out or Meet The Olympians Series! We’re covering tons of Olympic skaters from all nationalities and backgrounds. Below are just a few of the skaters we’ve covered.
What do you think of Aori Nishimura? What do you think she’s practicing on her journey to the Olympics? Who else should we cover on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below! We would love to hear your input.
Feature Image Credit: X Games