Meet the Olympian who turned her BEDROOM into a skateboard ramp so she could train while outdoor parks were shut down
- Poppy Olsen trained for the Olympics in her bedroom when Covid closed parks
- 21-year-old qualified after teammates and coach caught Covid
- Ranked number 4 in the world and named Australia’s best female skater
When skateboarding was announced as an Olympic sport in 2016, Poppy Olsen set her sights on gold.
But the road to Tokyo was not an easy one for the young athlete.
After her coach and teammates were diagnosed with Covid-19 during an Olympic qualifying event in May this year, Poppy had to train in her own bedroom.
She built a skate ramp across the floor of her bedroom when skate parks were closed to the public due to the pandemic.
Professional skateboarder, Poppy Olsen (pictured), built a skate ramp in her own bedroom when skate parks were closed due to the pandemic
The 21-year-old (pictured) qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after uncertainty about her dream when her teammates and coach were diagnosed with Covid earlier this year.
“The skate ramp in my bedroom was built when COVID was at its peak and we weren’t really allowed to go outside for a while,” she said. the ABC.
“All the skate parks were closed, so I just really wanted to skate.”
When it’s time to sleep, she pulls the pull-out bed down over the top of the ramp.
The 21-year-old Newcastle resident ranks fourth in the world and has been named Australia’s best female skateboarder, given every opportunity and had enough quality points for the Olympics.
Poppy wanted to be a skateboarder ever since she got her first board at the age of eight
“Skating bowls and big things is probably my favorite because that’s where I feel most comfortable and can just spin around and I like doing airs and so that’s really fun. Just go fast and things like that’
Now she is preparing for the tournament of her life.
“I was 16 when I heard about the Olympics. So it was really crazy to think that I’ve been skateboarding for so long and I was very much in the competitive scene and now it’s in the Olympics. So once I get there I’ll say, oh my god I’m really an athlete, something like that’
Poppy (pictured) has wanted to be a professional skateboarder since she got her first skateboard at the age of eight
Her mother, Thomas Olsen, said she was initially unsure of Poppy’s obsession with skating and worried about her skating with the older, more experienced riders in Bondi when she first started out.
“And then she won her first game, and we were like, oh, actually she might be okay with this.”
While her mom can’t be there because of the pandemic, Poppy is ready for the competition.
“The goal for me is to just go to the Olympics and do my very best and be as proud as I can be of what I’ve accomplished and how far I’ve come and if that means getting a medal then I will that are unbelievable,” she said.
Poppy will compete in the Women’s Park Preliminary Heats on Wednesday, August 4.
Poppy (pictured) says she wants to give her best and enjoy the experience of her first Olympics