X Games Athletes Get Real About Diversity in Action Sports

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Breaking Boundaries

Huston, who is of Japanese and African heritage, says he embraces how the face of skateboarding evolved since the sport became popularized in the suburbs of Southern California in the 1960s and ’70s. Now it's commonplace to see both girls and guys flipping ollies everywhere from the streets of Brazil to predominately Black neighborhoods of America.  As for feeling pressure to represent minorities in sports that traditionally had few Black superstars, he takes it all in stride. He says, "I'm definitely thankful to be part of the group [of athletes representing] people of mixed ethnicities, to bring that into the sport. I think it's cool to see all different types of skaters out there." (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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