Jagger Eaton didn’t let a bodily setback stand in the way in which of creating historical past on the Tokyo Olympics final weekend.
The 20-year-old Arizona native on Sunday turned the primary American to take home an Olympic medal in skateboarding when he obtained the bronze within the males’s road occasion. Seems, that accomplishment required him to push by an ankle harm.
“I don’t understand how a lot folks know, however I used to be competing on a damaged ankle,” Eaton told People in an interview revealed Thursday. “It’s damaged proper now. And so I’m simply going to go residence and heal it and actually what it wants is relaxation. And that’s what I’m going to offer it.”
The athlete stated he sustained the harm between Might and June of this 12 months, when he was collaborating on the Road Skateboarding World Championships in Rome. He stated he was briefly involved that his dream of competing within the Olympics can be “shattered” consequently.
“I simply needed to dig deep and there’s one thing about being harm or being sick that form of brings the very best out of you,” he defined. “And to be sitting right here, the medal round my neck, simply means the world to me.”
Skateboarding is one of four new sports added to the Olympics this 12 months, and is cut up into road and park classes. Organizers have stated they’re hopeful the addition of skateboarding ― previously seen as a “rebellious” sport, with roots in Southern California ― will appeal to an viewers of youthful spectators. Along with Eaton’s bronze, Japan’s Yuto Horigome obtained the gold medal on the street class, whereas Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler claimed silver.
In a Monday look on the “Today” present, Eaton stated he plans to offer his medal to his mom, Shelly, in the meanwhile. His relations have been unable to hitch him in Tokyo due to COVID-19 journey restrictions.
“I don’t have a home but,” he stated, “so I’m going to offer it to my mother and she will do what she likes with it.”
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