A local skateboarder is taking part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
J. Ilardi Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Jake Ilardi, a 2020 Venice High School alum, will represent the United States in the inaugural Olympic competition for street skateboarding.
Clark Dean, a fellow Pine View School alumnus, is another local athlete competing in the Olympics.
Ilardi was one of three skateboarders to make it to the U.S. for the men’s street skateboarding preliminary rounds on Sunday.
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He was Unable to get to the Championship Round, However.
Ilardi, now 24, and his twin brother Nate were reared by their grandmother in their hometown of Osprey.
According to the U.S.A. Skateboarding website, he broke out onto the skateboarding scene in 2017 after winning the Empire Am Getting Paid event.
Jake “has been on a tear since then, dominating contests and turning heads with his assortment of park terrain skating and tech handrail stunts,” the publication remarked.
According to the Tokyo Olympics website, Ilardi turned professional in 2020 after attaining prominence in the skateboarding world.
As of 2010, Ilardi was Ranked #2 in the United States and #7 in the Globe.
Now that he’s through with the 2020 Olympics, Ilardi is focused on the future.
Can’t wait to see where my skateboard and the rest of my adventure takes me,” he commented on one of his social media accounts. Saying, “I’ll see you in the year 2024.”
It’s not just Ilardi who competed for Sarasota County in these Olympics; there were a number of other athletes there.
On Tuesday night, Clark Dean, a rower from Sarasota, and his crew took part in the final men’s four rowing event. The results were delayed and would not be ready on time.
Dean went to Pine View School and then joined Sarasota Crew once he finished there.
Dean’s dad used to work for the Port Charlotte and Venice magazines Harbor Style.
Emma Weyant, also a local, won silver in the women’s 400-meter individual medley.
After finishing up at Riverview High School, Weyant decided to train with the Sarasota Sharks instead of attending the University of Virginia in order to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials.
Mary Tucker, a rifle shooter from Sarasota, competed in the 10-meter air rifle mixed team event and, together with her teammate, won silver. Tucker completed his high schooling at the Sarasota Military Academy.
Two other local Olympians are Jessica and Nelly Korda, sisters from nearby Bradenton. In the month of August, they will take part in the women’s individual golf competitions.
- Olympian who competed only once (2020)
- Tokyo will host the eleventh Olympic Games in 2020. (street)
Her Time Competing at the World Championship
- 7th most recent: 2021
- Dates of participation: 2019 and 2021
- Seventh Best Placement: 2021
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Some Background Information on Her:
Went Pro in November of 2020… He is very into trap music, the Netflix series Stranger Things, and the chicken fingers at Raising Cane’s.