Olympics is now more exciting to watch

Karate, sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing are the new sports in Olympics

Ready for some ollies and kickflips? Up for a dyno on the climbing wall? Ready for a goofy-footer carving waves? Do you like to watch karatekas in kata or kumite?

Four new sports will join the Olympics this year and they will bring some new terms and an injection of freshness with them. On July 23 August, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing will be on the game program in Tokyo.

After adding these four exciting sports, one thing is clear: these are no longer Olympics for the old.

Sean McColl, the Canadian climber, said he believes as the world evolves, and as the Olympics evolve, as new generations come, he thinks if the Olympics didn’t add new sports, and sometimes remove some sports, they would become old by themselves.

This year, baseball and softball are also joining the Olympics again, after 13 years.

Olympics is now more exciting to watch

Canada and these four sports

Canada already has some big names in the traditional events like Andre De Grasse and Penny Oleksiak as sprinter and swimmer, but thanks to the new sports, this list of Canadian stars going to the Olympics could soon grow.

Canadian athletes competing in Olympics for these recently added sports

Canada has Andy Anderson, one of the best skateboarders, and McColl who is a four-time world champion.

Daniel Gaysinsky of Vaughan, Ontario, is the only karateka from Canada. No surfer from Canada could qualify for Tokyo, so Canadian surfers will shift their focus to the next Olympics in Paris.

Perhaps the best way to get familiar with Anderson’s skillset is the six-minute sponsor video he published online and generated about 500,000 views on YouTube.

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Get familiar with Canada’s representatives in skateboarding

Anderson is 25-year-old. He is from White Rock, B.C., and rolls through town with his long hair flowing under his helmet. Anderson is not afraid to slide on rails, benches, and steps while he has an incredible ability to stay balanced on the board.

Anderson said he thinks he can achieve his dreams here. He said his dream is to inspire other people to skateboard for the right reasons. By the right reason, he means creativity and artistic expression.

He added skateboarding is like an art show. He thinks we will witness an art show in the skateboarding competitions at the Olympics.

Last year, he won the inaugural Canadian park title, and in 2018 and 2019, competed at the SLS world skate championships.

He is the only Canadian man in the men’s park field at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. In the street event, Canada has Matt Berger of Kamloops, B.C., and Micky Papa of Vancouver.

Olympics is now more exciting to watch

Sport climbing

In sport climbing, McColl and Alannah Yip will represent Canada at the Aomi Urban Sports Park.

McColl said sport climbing is similar to a triathlon, but there is a difference and that is the fact that the triathlon was not born first. He said triathlon is consisted of running, swimming, and cycling while climbing is lead climbing, bouldering, and speed climbing.

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The speed competition is running up a wall as fast as you can. Two athletes compete in a race to climb the holds and be the first one to touch the timing pad.

In lead, athletes should climb a fixed course on a wall within a specified time frame. In Bouldering, athletes rely on their explosiveness and jump and use swinging techniques so the wall is shorter and there is a mat below it.

Canadian karateka

Gaysinsky who earned a silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games, qualified for Tokyo in the men’s over-75-kg kumite division.

28 countries will participate in the karate competition in Tokyo, including both kumite and kata.


Surfing competitions will be held at Tsurigasaki Beach, which is about 100 kilometers away from Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.

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