PHOTOS: Skateboarding at the Olympics brought out all the good vibes of Tokyo 2020

PHOTOS: Skateboarding at the Olympics brought out all the good vibes of Tokyo 2020
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Margielyn Didal of Philippines reacts after completing a trick at Tokyo 2020.
Margielyn Didal's positive energy at Tokyo 2020 was infectious. AP Photo/Ben Curtis
  • Skateboarding made its debut as an Olympic sport this year at Tokyo 2020, and was an instant hit with fans.

  • While the competition at the Olympics is fierce, those battling for gold at the skate park did so with smiles on their faces, supporting one another in a beautiful display of positive vibes and good times.

  • Those skating for gold in Tokyo showed fans at home that even at the pinnacle of athletic achievement, there is still plenty of room to smile.

  • Whether taking a tough fall or nailing the winning trick, skaters of all ages showed that competing at the peak of athletic competition can still be fun.

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There were good vibes all around during the Tokyo Olympics street skateboarding events.

Japan's Momiji Nishiya smiles while skating at the Tokyo Olympics.
No frowns from Japan's Momiji Nishiya. An Lingjun/CHINASPORTS/VCG/Getty Images

American Alana Smith was all smiles while rocking out during the competition.

Alana Smith smiles while competing at Tokyo 2020.
Alana Smith. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

While Mariah Duran spread a message of peace and love after a run.

Mariah Duran of the United States reacts after the first heat in the women's street skateboarding finals at Tokyo 2020.
Peace and love from Mariah Duran. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

The women's street skating competition had tons of good sportsmanship.

Margielyn Didal of Team Philippines hugs Rayssa Leal of Team Brazil during street skateboarding at the Tokyo Olympics.
Margielyn Didal of the Philippines and Rayssa Leal of Brazil shared a hug. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Margielyn Didal of the Philippines was friendly with everyone.

Roos Zwetsloot of the Netherlands fist bumps Margielyn Didal thr Team Philippines during the women's street skate
An international fist-bump. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

She gave her competitors some shade from the sun.

Margielyn Didal of Philippines uses her skateboard to provide shade from the sun to Funa Nakayama of Japan at Tokyo 2021
Need some shade? AP Photo/Ben Curtis

And reveled in their success.

Margielyn Arda Dadal of the Philippines points to China's Zeng Wenhui during the skateboarding women's street final.
Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Fist bumps are a nice, COVID-friendly gesture.

Japan's Yuto Horigome fist bumps the USA's Jagger Eaton during the medal ceremony of the men's street skateboarding final.
Japan's Yuto Horigome and Jagger Eaton of the U.S. congratulated each other on their medals. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

But sometimes, you have to bring it in with your teammates.

Brazilian skateboarders Pamela Rosa, left, Rayssa Leal, center, and Leticia Bufoni pose before competition starts at Tokyo 2020.
Brazilian skateboarders Pamela Rosa, left, Rayssa Leal, center, and Leticia Bufoni. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Competitors didn't seem to have any ill will toward one another.

Rayssa Leal of Team Brazil puts her hand to the face of Momiji Nishiya of Team Japan during the Tokyo Olympic street skating competition.
There's no animosity between Brazil's Rayssa Leal and Japan's Momiji Nishiya. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Japan's Momiji Nishiya was all smiles after taking gold in her home country.

Japan's Momiji Nishiya smiles after winning gold at Tokyo 2020.
Momiji Nishiya. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Medal ceremonies were sweet!

Brazil's Rayssa Leal hugs Japan's Momiji Nishiya during the medal ceremony of the women's street skating final.
Hugs from Brazil's Rayssa Leal and Japan's Momiji Nishiya. Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Everybody, bring it in!

Three medalists in men's street skateboarding hug.
Jagger Eaton, Yuto Horigome, and Kelvin Hoefler share a hug. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Nyjah Huston and Yuto Horigome shared a moment when Horigome took home the gold.

Nyjah Huston embraces Yuto Horigome during the Olympics.
Tiziana FABI/AFP/Getty Images

In no other sport is falling handled with such grace.

Alana Smith of the U.S. laughs after falling at the Tokyo Olympics.
Alana Smith could only laugh at fall. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Margielyn Didal gave a big thumbs up.

Margielyn Didal gives a thumbs-up from the ground during the Tokyo Olympics.
Thumbs up from Margielyn Didal Mike Egerton/PA Images/Getty Images

And Roos Zwetsloot of the Netherlands gave two!

Roos Zwetsloot of the Netherlands gives a thumbs up at Tokyo 2020.
Roos Zwetsloot. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

While others flexed.

Momiji Nishiya flexes during the Tokyo Olympics.
Momiji Nishiya is strong. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

And even when the runs got tough.

Jagger Eton of the United States falls at Tokyo 2020.
Jagger Eton. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

And emotions ran high...

Kelvin Hoefler of Brazil reacts after his final attempt at Tokyo 2020.
Kelvin Hoefler of Brazil. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Everyone competing was there for a good time.

Vincent Milou of France competes at Tokyo 2020.
Vincent Milou. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

And maybe even made some friends along the way.

Rayssa Leal of Brazil is hugged after competing at Tokyo 2020.
Rayssa Leal of Brazil. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

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