Olympic Skateboarding 2021: Men's Park Medal Winners and ResultsAugust 5, 2021
Australian Keegan Palmer's final run, worthy of a massive 95.83 score, won him the gold medal. But he also had the second-best score on the night, putting together a 94.04 on his opening run that also would have also been enough to take home gold.
Keegan Palmer is the inaugural men's park <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Skateboarding?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Skateboarding</a> Olympic champion!<br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AUS?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AUS</a> skater scores a huge 95.83 in his final run to secure gold.<a href="https://twitter.com/worldskatesb?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@worldskatesb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AUSOlympicTeam?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AUSOlympicTeam</a> <a href="https://t.co/NrUgQCI387">pic.twitter.com/NrUgQCI387</a>
Brazil's Pedro Barros took home silver with a top run of 86.14, while United States skater Cory Juneau won the bronze with a top score of 84.13.
His epic run made Palmer the first-ever Olympic gold medalist in the men's park competition, as the event was added for the Tokyo Games.
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🇦🇺SKATEBOARDING HISTORY🇦🇺<br><br>18-year-old Keegan Palmer wins GOLD in the Men's Skateboarding Park event (95.83).<br><br>He is the first-ever gold medalist for Men's Skateboarding Park in Summer Olympics history.<br><br>What a historic moment for Australia.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/skateboarding?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#skateboarding</a> <a href="https://t.co/ciYHIdpQNI">pic.twitter.com/ciYHIdpQNI</a>
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Keegan Palmer you are a superstar! We are screaming! Gold in the Men's Park! You bloody ripper! This is brilliant. So damn brilliant. Every Aussie is bursting with pride! A huge congratulations to you! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> <a href="https://t.co/XpER5rsopH">pic.twitter.com/XpER5rsopH</a>
Palmer, who was born in the United States before moving to Queensland (he now lives in San Diego), got his start in surfing before rising in the skateboarding world.
"I started surfing before I started skating and I really wanted to be a pro skater and surfer, but I took off in my skating—I started doing really well in contests, I won a couple and I just put all my focus into skating," he told ESPN's Brittany Mitchell in 2020. "If surfing's still there when I complete everything I want to do in skating then I guess I'll do it, but I'm just really focused on the skating part and just surf for fun with friends and family."
Palmer could have chosen to compete for either the United States or Australia given his dual-citizenship, but chose the latter.
"The reason that I wanted to represent Australia in the Olympics was I'd pretty much learnt how to do everything in Australia," he told Mitchell. "I learnt how to skate, how to surf, I went to school in Australia—literally everything that I've grown up to do has been in Australia—especially skateboarding. It was meant to be and right to do it there, nowhere else."
Had he chosen the United States, the country would have had the gold and bronze medal winners. Juneau was the lone U.S. representative in the final.