Reigning world champion Heimana Reynolds of Aina Haina did not make it to the finals of the Olympics’ inaugural men’s skateboarding park competition in Tokyo today.
His score of 63.09 was second in his preliminary heat (the first of four flights of five skaters each). But high scores in the ensuing rounds knocked Reynolds out of the top eight who advanced to the finals, also today at Ariake Urban Sports Park.
Reynolds, who turned 23 on Sunday, fell on his first two attempts. But on his third and final 45-second try he performed an impressive and clean run for a 63.09 score. At the time, it put him second behind fellow American Zion Wright, who scored 67.21 on his first attempt.
Reynolds, a 2017 graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute, won the world championship in 2019 after taking silver in 2018.
Skateboarding has held world championships since 2016 (not last year due to COVID-19). The winners of 10 of the 12 medals in those championships were competing at the Olympics today.