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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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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

580 days ago
2.

Jordan    

It has to be better than wrestling.

580 days ago
3.

Jordan    

How many countries have professional skateboarding?

580 days ago
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Spicy mag    

Cousin Larry?

580 days ago
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Cally    

What a dreamer! The winter olympics - if they're watched by anyone - it's the extreme sport (boarder) types. That's why they make no money and no-one cares about them. The summer olympics make money off white middle class tv-payers - and we like REAL sporting contests. We don't pay for it so our kids can watch some waster on a skateboard, for god's sake! We watch it so we can see traditional athletic competitions (and we only JUST tolerate beach volleyball, but if they add just one more lame voyeur "sport", then we'll STOP funding the olympics). And they know it. And THAT, Tony Hawk, is why kiddie skateboarding is NOT at the olympics - and if you've been following the new sports that have been added recently - you'll know it never will be. Unless the tween brigade suddenly have the disposable income to match adults, and I don't think so, not any time soon!

Sorry dude, how about you try to get skateboarding in the WINTER olympics, you've actually got a chance there, it's the right demographic and they don't seem to need to make money. Go for it!

580 days ago
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Blue Lake    

Wake up Tony Hawk. Time to get a real job. You're about 50 years old. No one over 15 should be on a skateboard.

580 days ago
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Trecee    

A lot of snow boarders skate during the summer. It's common in BC. Anything has to be better than ballroom dancing or the sport where they dance with a ribbon on a gymnastics mat. Tony is a legend and can still outskate a lot of these so called "15" year olds someone said that should only be on skateboards. The Olympics has become a joke. Aren't they still in talks to bring in pole dancing as well? Yeah stay classy....LAUGHS* Red Dragons!

580 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

The Olympics don't want a bunch of stoners around. And skaters tend to reef it up. Plus it's not really a sport, more of an activity. Tony Hawke is Old.

580 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

Skateboarding as an OLYMPIC sport. You must be kidding. This is a sport for kids with too much time on their hands and little upstairs in the brains department. NO WAY

580 days ago
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Cally    

As an after-thought to my previous post, I do think there's the possibility of a "Junior Olympics" or a "Alternative Olympics" or something like that ... a place (like the Winter Olympics) where skateboarding, beach volleyball, and various modern (but non-traditional atheletic) sports could do their thing. I'd support that (I wouldn't watch it, I'm not interested, but I'd support it) ... But I do stand by my original point that there's no room in the Summer Olympics for debatable, loosely governed "sports" like skateboarding, beach volleyball (even though it's in there as a token gesture to the "young people / perverts") etc. I think the Summer Olympics should shed all peripheral sports, like wrestling, synchronised swimming, handball ... revert to a pure athletic programme as it ever was ... but make room for an additional new Summer sport programme for those sports, including skateboarding, if there's a will and money to get it up and running. The more and broader the sports representation, the better. So go for it Tony, but put your money where your mouth is!

580 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

If the Olympics added skateboarding Tony would still dominate. Dude will die on a skateboard holding a cane. I think they will purposely wait until TH is incapable of skateboarding before they add it.
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Phishie from Philly

579 days ago
12.

en Todo Momento!!    

oh come on. it's not even close to qualifying as an olympic sport. if you'r 'uniform' consists of skinny jeans and a sloppy t-shirt, then it's a stupid and lazy hobby, and not a sport. skateboarders are so fkn arrogant. you don't have 'gear' or a uniform it's not a sport.

579 days ago
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TheRealJerseyShore    

Yeah that's what they need, another "sport" decided by judges.

579 days ago
14.

Shaunie    

Is he high or just old?

579 days ago
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Iris Myandowski    

oh yeah the Olympics NEED skateboarding, but not wrestling....one of the sports they ACTUALLY created the Olympics to showcase. I wish I could post that meme that says "I Don't Want to live in this world anymore" here.

579 days ago
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