Matt Berger of Kamloops will make his debut at the Olympic Summer Games on Saturday in Tokyo.
Preliminary-round action in the men’s street competition is slated to get underway on Saturday (Julty 24). Check the CBC listings. The final is scheduled for 8:25 p.m.
Berger, Andy Anderson of White Rock and Micky Papa of Vancouver comprise Canada’s first Olympics skateboarding team, with the sport making its debut at the postponed 2020 Games.
Berger is the top-ranked Canadian in the street discipline in Olympic World Skateboarding rankings, sitting 10th overall.
Papa is ranked 21st in the world in the street discipline and Anderson is ranked 30th in the world in the park discipline.
The Canadian skaters qualified for the Games based on their top performances throughout the World Skate Qualification Tour that began in London, England, in May of 2019.
Eighty athletes from 24 countries will compete in skateboarding at the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Catharine Pendrel is preparing for her fourth Games, with the women’s cross-country mountain biking race slated to begin at 11 p.m. on Monday.
She won bronze in 2016 at the Rio Games.
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October 20, 2020 — Pro skateboarder Berger of Kamloops on track for Tokyo Olympics