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OQS 2024: Know the Australian skateboarders in action

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The Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS) 2024 will be a bumper display of multi-sport action and for skateboarders set to compete in the event, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

By the end of the two-part process, kicking off in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China from 16-19 May and concluding in Budapest, Hungary on 20-23 June, the field for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be known with 20 skaters set to obtain a quota spot.

The Olympic qualifying journey so far has been long and testing.

Over the past two years, park and street skaters have been competing in phase one of qualification. That entailed stops across the world, where World Skate Ranking (WSR) points were awarded based on finishing positions. More points were up for grabs at world championship events to raise the intensity. From all competitions, only the top four results contributed towards their ranking.

Following the final stop of phase one in Dubai in February this year a cut to the field was made. Only the top 44 eligible skaters were invited to partake in phase two of qualifying: OQS.

Just as with phase one, WSR points will be the ultimate determinant as to who will secure a quota spot for Paris but for the two OQS stops, the ante has been upped.

The points on offer will be worth nearly three times more in Shanghai and Budapest than in the world championships in phase one, meaning no one is safe and everything is to skate for.

But there’s more.

Only three skaters from one National Olympic Committee (NOC) can compete at the Games meaning, for countries where there is depth, the battle will not just be to finish in the top 20. They must also finish in the top three. For the likes of Japan, United States, Brazil and Australia, where inter-country competition is fiercest, an extra layer of intrigue is at play.

So, what does this all mean for the skaters of Team Japan who will be taking part in OQS?

In the below, Olympics.com runs the rule over the skaters hitting the Olympic park bowl and street rails and examining the lay of the land ahead of Shanghai.

As National Olympic Committees have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games, athletes’ participation at the Paris Games depends on their NOC selecting them to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.

Click here to see the official qualification system for each sport.

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16 – 19 May

Olympic Qualifier Series 2024 | Shanghai – People’s Republic of China
Olympic Qualifier Series 2024 | Shanghai

Australian Skateboarders at OQS 2024: Men’s Street

The World Skateboarding Ranking is made up of the best four Olympic qualifying results from phase one.

29. Shane O’Neill, 34

WSR Points: 19,986

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome Street 2022 – 13th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome Street 2023 – 10th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Lausanne Street 2023 – 27th
  • Street World Championship Tokyo 2023 – 30th

32. Rome Collyer, 18

WSR Points: 13,472

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome Street 2022 – 65th
  • Street World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 20th
  • Street World Championship Tokyo 2023 – 89th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Dubai Street 2024 – 13th

38. Tommy Fynn, 35

WSR Points: 8,055

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome Street 2022 – 24th
  • Street World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 41st
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Lausanne Street 2023 – 16th
  • Street World Championship Tokyo 2023 – 36th

Tokyo 2020 Olympian Shane O'Neill leads the Australian men heading to Shanghai for OQS
Tokyo 2020 Olympian Shane O’Neill leads the Australian men heading to Shanghai for OQS (World Skate: Norma Ibarra)

Australia Men’s Street Skateboarding: The stakes

With each of the five continents of the Olympic Movement guaranteed one athlete per event, and Australia the sole country from the continent with representatives in the top 44, one Australian will definitely compete at Paris, but who that will be and whether they will be alone is yet to be decided.

As it stands, 29th-ranked Olympian Shane O’Neill leads the three Australians currently in the mix with Rome Collyer just below him in 32nd and Tommy Fynn in 38th. If all three wanted to be in control of their own destiny each one would need to dramatically improve their ranking to be within the cut-off for the Games.

On momentum alone, Collyer seems to be in the driving seat has secured his best World Skateboarding Tour result at the most recent contest in Dubai. The 18-year-old managed to clinch 13th place in the Emirates which matches O’Neill’s second best result.

The skateboarding superstar’s top performance came in 2022 where he managed 10th in Rome but O’Neill hasn’t shown similar form since.

With so many points available at Shanghai and Budapest O’Neill, Collyer and Fynn still have the opportunity to rise and all three will be hoping at least to come out on top of skaters from Oceania to secure a quota for Paris 2024.

Chloe Covell will arrive in Shanghai as the No.4 ranked women's street skater and the top Australian prospect

Chloe Covell will arrive in Shanghai as the No.4 ranked women’s street skater and the top Australian prospect

(World Skate: Norma Ibarra)

Australian Skateboarders at OQS 2024: Women’s Street

The World Skateboarding Ranking is made up of the best four Olympic qualifying results from phase one.

4. Chloe Covell, 14

WSR Points: 187,520

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Street World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 2nd
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome Street 2023 – 2nd
  • Street World Championship Tokyo 2023 – 4th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Dubai Street – 2nd

15. Liv Lovelace, 20

WSR Points: 33,342

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Street World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 10th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Lausanne Street 2023 – 16th
  • Street World Championship Tokyo 2023 – 29th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Dubai Street – 13th

17. Haylie Powell, 18

WSR Points: 27,914

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome 2022 – 19th
  • Street World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 14th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome Street 2023 – 10th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Lausanne Street 2023 – 20th

27. Felicity Turner, 17

WSR Points: 12,522

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Street World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 20th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Rome Street 2023 – 42nd
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Lausanne Street 2023 – 39th
  • Street World Championship Tokyo 2023 – 23rd

Australia Women’s Street Skateboarding: The stakes

The international skateboarding scene since Tokyo has thrown up several new surprise stars but one that has made herself impossible to ignore is Australia’s Chloe Covell.

Sitting fourth overall in the rankings, Covell, with her switch skating, has been part of the group accelerating the progression women’s street and has been duly rewarded for it: making every single contest final she has entered.

Though unable to secure first, Covell’s three second-place finishes show how close she is and why the Olympic spotlight looks set to follow her from here onwards.

But Covell isn’t the only Australian in the mix. The country stands to improve on its representation in the discipline at the Games with Liv Lovelace and Haylie Powell both currently inside the cut heading into OQS.

And if that wasn’t enough to be excited about for Aussie onlookers, Felicity Turner is currently ranked 27th and could well muscle in on the current top three from her country, which will surely keep Lovelace and Powell on their toes as they eye Paris.

Australian skateboarding Ruby Trew will start OQS eighth in the rankings
Australian skateboarding Ruby Trew will start OQS eighth in the rankings

Australian Skateboarders at OQS 2024: Women’s Park

The World Skateboarding Ranking is made up of the best three Olympic qualifying results from phase one.

8. Ruby Trew, 15

WSR Points: 85,123

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 10th
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 2nd
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 14th
  • World Skateboarding Tour – Dubai Park 2024 – 5th

11. Arisa Trew, 14

WSR Points: 61,635

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 20th
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 7th
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 13th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 4th

28. Poppy Olsen, 23

WSR Points: 10,950

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 30th
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 29th
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 19th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 27th

29. Charlotte Heath, 16

WSR Points: 10,803

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 35th
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 11th
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 69th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 59th

33. Aaliyah Wilson, 18

WSR Points: 6,588

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 51st
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 24th
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 25th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 24th

34. Coco Crafter, 14

WSR Points: 6,430

  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 58th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 14th

Arisa Trew on the Laureus World Sports Awards red carpet in Madrid.

Arisa Trew on the Laureus World Sports Awards red carpet in Madrid.

(Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images for Laureus)

Australia Women’s Park Skateboarding: The stakes

A crowded field for women’s park means that the battle to be one of the top three skaters in Australia, in addition to being inside the qualification cut, promises to be a thrilling one.

Currently leading the way is cross-coder Ruby Trew, who stands alone as the only Aussie in the top 10 in the rankings.

The surfer and skater showed in phase one that she has the tricks to impress having bagged herself a second place in San Juan, and her recent fifth in Dubai shows that she is still keeping up with the pace.

Sitting in 11th, and one many will be studying closely, is Arisa Trew (not related to Ruby).

The 14-year-old was recently recognised as Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year after she became the first female skater to land a 720 – two full rotations mid-air – at a vert competition. The record-breaking moment captured headlines around the world and made her name an unforgettable one. Though there is no vert in the Olympics, that hasn’t stopped Trew from stunning crowds with her aerial tricks in the park bowl and the teen seems only to be improving in each contest. Her best result – a fourth place finish – came most recently in Dubai showing her trending upwards at the right time.

Below the Trews, are four Australians who will have their eye on the third and final NOC quota spot. Among the young group is Poppy Olsen, who competed at Tokyo 2020, and she will be hoping to make it two appearances from two attempts if she can improve her standing.

Australian Skateboarders at OQS 2024: Men’s Park

The World Skateboarding Ranking is made up of the best three Olympic qualifying results from phase one.

8. Kieran Woolley, 20

WSR Points: 76,972

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 4th
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 15th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 4th

11. Keegan Palmer, 21

WSR Points: 62,553

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 8th
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 3rd
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 16th

15. Keefer Wilson, 16

WSR Points: 44,685

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 12th
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 8th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 11th

21. Ash Wilcomes, 16

WSR Points: 21,483

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 10th
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 69th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 48th

36. Ethan Copeland, 19

WSR Points: 4,471

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 33rd
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 21st
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 55th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 30th

42. Phoenix Sinnerton, 14

WSR Points: 2,958

Top 4 Olympic Qualifying Results

  • Park World Championship Sharjah 2022 – 44th
  • World Skateboarding Tour San Juan Park 2023 – 65th
  • Park World Championship Rome Ostia 2023 – 44th
  • World Skateboarding Tour Dubai Park 2024 – 61st

Australia Men’s Park Skateboarding: The stakes

Park unearthed Australia’s first Olympic skateboarding champion Keegan Palmer who clinched gold under the heat of the Japanese summer sun.

And it’s also the discipline where, undoubtedly thanks to Palmer’s exploits, Australia has one of the deepest fields when it comes to contenders for Paris 2024.

Leading the pack heading into OQS will be Tokyo 2020 Olympian Kieran Woolley. Despite not making a podium throughout phase one of qualifying the 20-year-old has come close, twice with two fourth-place finishes in Sharjah and Dubai. It’s the kind of consistency that should see him rewarded in Shanghai and Budapest.

Hot on his wheels in 11th place in the rankings is Palmer who, despite suffering from a bumpy qualification ride in phase one, still has managed to keep himself in the conversation.

But if Palmer wants to realise his dream of winning back-to-back Olympic titles the Australian will need to step up to meet the explosion of talent around him, particularly with the skaters from the USA who, right now, are dictating the standard.

He will also need to find another level because the upward pressure from underneath could mean his position within the top three for Australia isn’t necessarily secured.

Keefer Wilson and Ash Wilcomes, ranked 15th and 21st respectively, have both shown they are capable of knocking around the top 10 and with so many points at stake in OQS they can change their fortunes.

Below them, there are two more: Ethan Copeland and Phoenix Sinnerton, meaning the battle is truly on for Australians in men’s park.

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