Taking place one year after its original schedule, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are much different than any that have come before it. Beyond the shadow of a global pandemic, the sporting event has had some positives like the introduction of new sports such as karate, surfing, and skateboarding. Skateboarding, in particular, has got spectators talking for reasons you might not expect.
On July 24 and 25, the men's and women’s skateboarding street prelims and finals took place in Tokyo. The most elite professional skateboarders from across the world pulled out their most difficult tricks for the chance to kickflip their way to Olympic gold. The stakes were high and while everyone was paying close attention, social media couldn’t keep quiet about each country’s choice of uniform – as even the event's official website noted. (After all, if it’s your Olympic debut you might as well compete in style!)
As people online quickly noticed, Nike is responsible for a few of this year’s most memorable Olympic skateboarding uniforms. The brand teamed up with Dutch artist and former skater Piet Parra to create the abstract prints for skateboarders from team USA, France, Brazil, and host country Japan. Unveiled earlier this year, the recycled polyester uniforms took inspo from a spot popular in each country and have been some of the most creative looks the Olympics games had to offer so far.
Though not many athletes chose to rep this design, the uniforms Parra designed for Brazil are as bold as the country's skating talent. Its soccer jerseys feature rich greens and a sunny yellow to represent the country’s national flag. Its standout print includes bright curves that pay homage to Rio’s lush landscapes and famous mountain peaks.
France’s uniform is trés chic and channels casual cool. The women's team look includes a tailored red boiler jumpsuit cuffed at the ankle that we didn't get to see in action during the street competition, whereas the men’s one includes cropped pants and a printed polo shirt decorated with a subtle outline of the Eiffel tower.
Team USA wore basketball jerseys with coastal motifs and pops of magenta, turquoise, and crimson, while Japan’s bright baseball-inspired jerseys include an illustration of the famous Mount Fuji.
Skateboarders aren't known for dressing in uniforms, but they have always been idolized for their expressive styling. Californian professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston has built a reputation for his fashion flair and has a particular loyalty to tennis shorts and a dad cap. During the men’s street finals, Nyjah paired Parra's design with a monochrome look, wearing all-white for the most part and rounding off the look with his very own silhouette of Nike sneakers.
13-year-old Brazilian women’s silver medalist Rayssa Leal first went viral when she was just seven for skateboarding in a fairy costume back in 2015 and she earned her place on the Olympic podium decked out in full Nike, complete with a pair of Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski sneakers.
The Olympic skateboarding uniforms were so stylish that it's hard not to get a little obsessed. For anyone looking to get the skater look, according to Nike, since July 17, the Parra x Nike SB federation kits are available at select skate stores so it might be worth checking out your local sites. The collection also released around the world via Nike's SNKRS app on July 20. (You can check out StockX for a wider selection of the uniforms – including shoes, hats, socks, and tracksuits – though with a resell markup.
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