Mexican Skateboarder Grinds His Way to Paris

Mexican skateboarder Greg Rodriguez trains in California for the Shanghai leg of the Olympic Qualifiers. Ranked 33rd, he needs points to qualify for Paris 2024. Shanghai and Budapest are the final qualifiers with only 20 spots and a 3-person country limit up for grabs.

Mexican Skateboarder Grinds His Way to Paris
Mexican skateboarder Greg Rodriguez swaps turquoise skies for California sunshine to grind his way to Paris 2024. Credit: CONADE

The national skateboarding team Greg Rodríguez will hold a concentration from April 20 to May 12, in California, United States, as part of their preparation for the next competition of the Olympic Qualifying Series (OQS) Shanghai 2024, which will take place in China, from May 14 to 19 and which will grant points in the ranking to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The specialist in the street modality will carry out his training in California because in that region he has the best tracks and some of the best exponents of this discipline.

Greg Rodríguez made it to the second qualifying stage for Paris 2024, placing 33rd in the ranking, with only three participations out of six possible competitions. In his last commitment, the World Skateboarding Tour Dubai in March, Rodríguez finished in 31st place, out of 128 competitors.

In Shanghai, the only representative of Mexico that continues in the fight for Olympic tickets in this discipline, will aim to continue adding points in the classification ranking. After Shanghai, the OQS Budapest is scheduled, from June 20 to 23, in Hungary, a competition that will close the classification process.

A lone skateboarder practices a manual on a quiet street at sunset, silhouetted against a colorful cityscape.
Not your typical Olympian. Rodriguez chases California dreams with a skateboard, defying gravity and odds on the road to the Olympic Games. Credit: CONADE

20 competitors will obtain their pass to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, of which only three representatives per country can attend. The OQS serve as the final events that determine who the next skateboarding Olympians will be.