USA Skateboarding Autographed Skate Deck

USA Skateboarding Autographed Skate Deck

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Skateboard deck with blue top surface and white underside. Autographed by members of the inugural USA Skateboarding Team, 2019: Jenn Soto, Mariah Duran, Lacey Baker, Alexis Sablone, Nyja Huston, Chris Joslin, Jagger Eaton, Louie Lopez, Brighton Zeuner, Jordyn Barratt, Bryce Wettstein, Nicole House, Zion Wright, Tom Schaar, Tristan Rennie, Alex Sorgente. Underside printed with Team USA Olympic logo on the left (American Flag with olympic rings underneath), and USA Skateboarding logo at right (quarter of a blue star with skateboarder silhouette and text reading USA Skateboarding). Text underneath logos reds "Where Olympic Journeys Begin." Autogprahed in varying shades of sharpie on underside.
USA Skateboarding was established in 2003 by many influential members of the skateboarding community at the request of the United States Olympic Committee in the hopes of sanctioning skateboarding as an Olympic sport sometime in the future. It wouldn’t be until August of 2016 when the International Olympic Committee announced that skateboarding would be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that USAS began mobilizing. According to Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, “In June of 2018, USA Skateboarding became the 50th National Governing Body (NGB) recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and responsible for the selection, training, and fielding of U.S. national teams that compete in the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and other sanctioned team events.”
Sixteen men and women were chosen for the first USA Skateboarding National Team to compete in Men’s and Women’s Skateboard Park and Street events, but they still have to compete for a spot on the National Team headed to the Olympics. Transworld reports, “Skateboarders will have the opportunity to qualify for the Olympics based on their three best results in World Skate sanctioned events during the 2019 qualifying season (now through September 15, 2019) combined with their six best results during the 2020 qualifying season (September 16, 2019 – May 31, 2020). The 2020 World Championships will also be a direct qualifier for the games for the top 3 podium spots at each event.”
Inclusion in the Olympic Games is a point of contention for some of those in the skateboarding community offering that skateboarding is more of a lifestyle and less of a sport. This theory has been debated since skateboarding has entrenched itself into the American cultural landscape through music, fashion, political expression, art, and sports. The USAS fully appreciates this facet of skate and addresses this in their mission statement, “ USAS is dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of Skateboarding, while striving to guarantee that Skateboarding continues to provide the unique characteristics important to the sport's participants, and maintaining the integrity and authenticity of Skateboarding as a sport, a passion and a lifestyle.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
skate deck
skatedeck
date made
2019
Autographer
Baker, Lacey
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 31 13/16 in x 8 13/32 in x 1 29/32 in; 80.772 cm x 21.336 cm x 4.826 cm
ID Number
2019.0134.01
accession number
2019.0134
catalog number
2019.0134.01
subject
Sports
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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