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Tony Hawk

Wake Up, Olympics

You Need Skateboarding

2/18/2013 1:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0217_tony_halk_videoSkateboard legend Tony Hawk is calling out the old folks who run the Olympics ... saying they need to wake the hell up and add his sport – if they know what’s good for 'em.

When we asked Tony about the International Olympic Committee's plan to drop wrestling from the Summer Games to add another sport, he said ... "Well to be honest, at this point the summer Olympics needs skateboarding more than skateboarding needs them."

"They need the excitement [the Winter Games has] with snowboarding."

He added, the Summer Olympics are desperate for younger viewers ... so skateboarding could be a quick fix.

Of course, there are a slew of sports competing for the spot -- among them baseball/softball, karate, squash, wakeboarding and wushu -- but the IOC won't decide anything until the final vote in September.

Tony says, "I think if the IOC gets a clue they're gonna put skateboarding in" by 2020.

Dear IOC, have you seen this kid?

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JennaKennedy    

I would watch Olympic Skateboarding...just like I watch Snowboarding and Skiing - these athletes are amazing. Team Tony Hawk!

528 days ago
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Leighton    

I don't even follow the sport of professional skateboarding, but I would watch if they were in the Olympics. The Olympics--to me, at least--are generally boring. The addition of skateboarding would certainly liven it up.

528 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I'd like to see wrestling be replaced by a hot dog eating contest instead of skateboarding.

528 days ago
19.

BillyBurke    

Tony Hawk is 100% right on the money...

If you pull out your old skate rags from the 70's you will find Tony Alva leading a plethora of sKaterZ asking for the same thing.

Skating equipment has evolved to the point where this physically demanding sport can be a true Olympic event.

Keep fighting the good fight!

528 days ago
20.

KrookedSkaterMa    

My son, Brad, a skater, will be thrilled!! Lofiskateboarding.com

524 days ago
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