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Pro skateboarder Berger of Kamloops qualifies for Olympics

Matt Berger of Kamloops will compete at the postponed 2020 Olympic Summer Games, which are scheduled to run this year from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo.
Matt Berger

Matt Berger of Kamloops will compete at the postponed 2020 Olympic Summer Games, which are scheduled to run this year from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo.

Canada will send its first skateboarding team to the Olympics, a squad that includes Berger, Andy Anderson of White Rock and Micky Papa of Vancouver.

“As of today, I’m officially going to the Olympics,” Berger posted on social media on Friday. “Honoured is an understatement. Thank you all for being a part of the journey.”

Five years ago, the International Olympic Committee determined skateboarding will make its debut at the Tokyo 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.

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