We have seen the future of skateboarding and his name is Tom Schaar.
The 14-year-old athlete took home a gold medal in the skateboard big air final at the 2014 X Games, putting himself in a rare class of competitors:
Ryan Sheckler was the youngest ever to win a gold medal when he was 13 years old in 2003.
Schaar did not have the best consistency, but he had the best performance in the first round when he posted a score of 86.00. He then dominated his third run in the finals with a score of 89.00. ESPN provided a look at his best run:
This ended up being enough to hold off Bob Burnquist and Edgard Pereira, who finished in second and third place in the competition. Schaar finished second in this same event for the 2013 X Games.
Burnquist congratulated Schaar on Twitter after the competition:
The young skater first put himself on the skateboarding scene when he became the first person ever to land a 1080. Amazingly, he was just 12 years old at the time:
After gaining popularity with the incredible feat, Schaar remained down to earth, explaining in June 2012, "I'm just skating, having fun. I don't want to take it so seriously that it's my main priority in life," via Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times.
Suzanne Halliburton of Statesman.com was quick to weigh in on Schaar's victory, writing, "Skateboarding’s biggest daredevils performed their most elevated tricks Friday night. But in Big Air, the fearlessness of youth proved more valuable than hardcore experience."
While he is still having a lot of fun, it is no longer just a hobby. He is clearly becoming one of the best in the world in the sport and should continue to remain a star as long as he continues to work hard.
If he keeps this up, Schaar has the chance to break more barriers and win a lot more medals.
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