Skating Gets a Kickflip Closer to Olympic Recognition

By on August 15, 2014

Street League Pros Sean Malto And Chris Cole Join ISF  Youth Olympic Games Exhibition

(From Press Release)
Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2014) – Street League Skateboarding (SLS) pros Sean Malto and Chris Cole are joining an international lineup assembled by International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) for daily Street and Vert exhibitions during the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China from August 17-27. A world-class California Skateparks-built concrete street plaza skatepark will remain for the local skate community when the Games conclude.

“It’s such an honor to attend the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. I’m also excited to share skateboarding at this level to the international community,” said Malto, the 2011 SLS Super Crown World Champion. “The fact that we’re leaving a skatepark for kids to skate afterwards makes it even better!” 

The 2013 SLS Super Crown World Champion, Cole, added that “I’ve had the opportunity to travel to China before and I’m excited to go back. Skateboarding is becoming more and more popular in China and we’re going to have the chance to skate for and with kids from all around the world at the Youth Olympic Games.”

In addition to Malto and Cole, both of the U.S., the roster of pros joining the ISF include Street skateboarders Leticia Bufoni (BRA), Kelvin Hoefler (BRA), Candy Jacobs (NED) and Tomas Vintr (CZE) and Vert skateboarders Renton Millar (AUS), Lizzie Armanto (USA), Marcelo Bastos (BRA), Karen Jonz (BRA) and Paul Luc Ronchetti (UK) as well as skaters from the Chinese national skate organization.

“The ISF is excited about the group of skateboarders we’ve assembled for the exhibitions during the Youth Olympic Games,” said Gary Ream, President of the ISF. “Not only will the talents of the world’s best skateboarders be on display at this high-profile Olympic venue, but we get to leave this beautiful skatepark for local skateboarders afterwards.”

About the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF)

Established in 2004 and now with partnerships with more than 80 member countries, the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) is the formally organized and not-for-profit world governing body for skateboarding. It was established to provide direction and governance for the sport of skateboarding globally and to ensure the best possible representation of skateboarding is experienced by athletes and fans. The ISF aims to preserve skateboarding’s integrity and authenticity as a sport, passion and lifestyle with freedom of self-expression and creativity at its core.

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