X Games Chiba reveals invited athletes and course designs
X Games Chiba 2022, presented by Yogibo, the first X Games event scheduled to take place in Japan, revealed more than 100 invited athletes at a press conference today in Chiba City. The event's Park and Street course designs were also unveiled, highlighting a colorful and unique course design inspired by Japanese origami.
The inaugural X Games Chiba event is set to debut April 22-24, 2022, featuring Skateboard, BMX and Moto X competitions over three days at ZOZOMARINE STADIUM. Along with world-class action sports competition and athletes, X Games Chiba will feature live musical performances, art installations, food and festival experience.
Among the invited athletes are several top action sports stars from Japan and around the world, including:
- Nyjah Huston (Laguna Beach, California, USA) - Arguably the most dominant competitive street skateboarder of all time, Nyjah owns the most Skateboard Street medals and Street gold in X Games history, landing on the podium in his 16 most recent X Games starts - winning 10 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
- Yuto Horigome (Tokyo, Japan) - Yuto's first gold medal, at X Games Minneapolis 2019, came as a surprise to exactly no one. Horigome took bronze at X Games Shanghai 2019 -- his first podium -- and has been lighting up the contest scene everywhere else, including multiple Street League wins. Yuto's consistency, confidence and comfort on big features along with extremely technical tricks means he's always a threat to win, as evidenced by his winning the first-ever Olympic Skateboard Street gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
- Momiji Nishiya (Osaka, Japan) - Momiji was just 11 years old when she earned a silver medal at X Games Minneapolis 2019. That podium made her the youngest Skateboard Street medalist in X Games history as well as the second-youngest medalist overall. She went on to take the first women's Olympic Skateboard Street gold in front of her home-country fans at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Now 14, Momiji will be a threat for gold at X Games Chiba.
- Logan Martin (Logan Reserve, Australia) - Australia's Martin might be the hottest BMX Park rider in the world. The 28 year old scored gold in both Park and Dirt at X Games Minneapolis 2019, and he now has seven total X Games medals - including from all four of his Park starts. Martin also claimed gold in the Olympic debut of BMX Park at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
- Chad Kerley (San Diego, California, USA) - Kerley interrupted Garrett Reynolds' X Games BMX Street dominance by taking gold in the discipline at X Games Los Angeles 2013. Kerley added another Street title in 2018, and he now has seven X Games medals overall. The popular San Diego, California, native has more than 400,000 followers on Instagram and will be a contender in Chiba.
- Elliot Sloan (New York City, New York, USA) - Known for going big, four-time X Games Big Air gold medalist Elliot Sloan now owns 13 total X Games medals in 16 appearances. After winning two silver medals in Skateboard Vert and Skateboard Vert Best Trick at X Games 2021, Sloan will no doubt be resetting his sights on gold this April in Chiba. For the first time at X Games, Elliot will ride for Monster Energy after recently announcing his joining their team.
*PLEASE NOTE: The invited athlete list is regularly updated and is subject to change.
The full list of athletes invited to compete at X Games Chiba 2022 is available at XGames.com.
X Games Chiba 2022 Skateboard and BMX Park Course
X Games Chiba 2022 Skateboard and BMX Street Course
The full competition and viewing schedule for X Games Chiba 2022 will be announced in the near future.
Find out more:
Event Website: https://xgamesjapan.com
Additional information on X Games Chiba will be forthcoming and available on www.xgames.com