Skateboarding will make its Olympics debut in the 2020 summer games in Tokyo, Japan. The first-ever United States National team will be comprised of 16 athletes, seven of whom will be repped by Wasserman.
The U.S. athletes include Lacey Baker, Mariah Duran, Jagger Eaton, Chris Joslin, Jenn Soto, Bryce Wettstein and Zion Wright. They will be represented by agents Steve Astephen, Yulin Olliver, Steve Ruff and Circe Wallace. Wasserman launched its action sports division in 2003 with the acquisition of Astephen’s “The Familie.” Astephen is the current managing partner for Wasserman.
Joslin is sponsored by Etnies, but as part of Nike’s deal with the U.S. Olympic Commission, all athletes must wear Nike head-to-toe during all official Olympic engagements. This includes press conferences, interviews, official appearances and medal ceremonies, however it doesn’t extend to appearances in the actual competition, according to BoardWorld.
In 2016, Wasserman acquired The Sports Syndicate which brought many more action sports clients to the agency. Wasserman’s action sports group represents over 200 clients including Ken Block (Rally), Mark McMorris (Snowboard), Coco Ho (Surf), Ryan Sheckler (Skate), Ken Roczen (Motocross), Kelia Moniz (Surf) and Julian Wilson (Surf), among others.
“We are thrilled to work with so many athletes that are making history by being a part of Team USA’s first skateboarding team and congratulate them on their hard work to get to this point,” said Astephen. “It is incredible that the rest of the world is going to finally get to see the unparalleled athletic talent that, over the last 20 years, we have seen these athletes possess. To see skateboarding represented on the largest international stage in next year’s Olympics will be a very proud moment for Wasserman and the sport as a whole.”
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