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Jupiter Local Headed to Olympics

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Thursday, July 1st, 2021 at 10:42pm.

A young Jupiter local made his Olympic dreams come true. A dream is simply a dream if you do not go for it. Zion Wright is that Jupiter young man and he has reached his goal of competing in the Olympics. Skateboarding will be represented for the first time in the Olympics. 

Wright began skating at 4. As time went on, he became a household name around these parts. By the time he was 15, Zion had already moved to the birthplace of skateboarding, California.  Wright had to win the Dew Tours stop in Des Moines, Iowa, to make the team. So, he decided to get creative. After that, he got on the Red Bull team, and everything fell into place for him.

Zion Wright, who was a surprise qualifier for the Olympic team with his statement, final-run win at Dew Tour, said skateboarding “gives me so much hope, so much joy.” “It gives me an opportunity to express who I am and and what I stand for,” Wright added.

The Olympics are just under a month. Looking back, Wright says he feels lucky.  "Everything just happened," "There's obviously a lot going through my mind as far as pressure and all this stuff," Wright said. "But what is really going through my mind is, like, having fun. I felt like I was a little kid again."

The 12 skateboarders who will represent the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics as part of the Olympic team are:

Women’s Park

Jordyn Barratt

Bryce Wettstein

Brighton Zeuner

Men’s Park

Heimana Reynolds

Cory Juneau

Zion Wright 

Women’s Street

Mariah Duran

Alexis Sablone

Alana Smith 

Men’s Street

Jagger Eaton

Nyjah Huston

Jake Ilardi

 

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