Guest: Neftalie Williams, Professor of Skateboarding Business, Media and Culture at the University of Southern California

Sept 1, 2016

The next time the Summer Olympics roll around – that’ll be 2020 in Tokyo – skateboarding will be part of the games. To see skateboarding get the official Olympic sport seal of approval might surprise anyone who considers the kids doing tricks on curbs and handrails around town a public nuisance. The more surprising thing is that lots of skateboarders want nothing to do with the Olympics or even the title of “sport” applied to what they do. More than 7,000 of them have signed an online petition urging the International Olympic Committee to drop skateboarding from the plan for Tokyo.