Q&A with Jordyn Barratt: Tokyo Olympics, Dew Tour Competition Upcoming

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 04: Jordyn Barratt of Team USA competes in the Women’s Skateboarding Park Preliminary Round 2 on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive summer, Jordyn Barratt will have the opportunity to show off her skateboarding skills in front of a massive audience.

Last August, Barratt competed in the first women’s skateboard park competition for the Tokyo Olympics. The Haleiwa native eventually finished in 11th place.

With that impressive experience in the rearview mirror, Barratt is ready for the annual Dew Tour competition.

We caught up with Barratt to discuss his partnership with Clif Bar, his Tokyo Olympics experience, the upcoming Dew Tour and more.

The file : Can you tell me about your partnership with Clif Bar, as well as your tips for being healthy on the go?

Jordyn Barrat: Being part of the Clif Bar team is a dream come true. Just having a company with so many athletes that I look up to in different sports is unique. The company has so many great products that are healthy and sustainable. When you’re constantly on the go, it’s hard to eat healthy on a regular basis, but having a Clif Bar, Clif Thins or Clif Cereal really helps.

Jordyn Barratt promotes Clif Bar.

The file : In 2017, you became the first woman to qualify and participate in the Dew Tour. Fast forward five years, what do you think when you hear this?

JB: It’s really crazy to look back at that time and see how far skateboarding has come. Now the women have their own division instead of having to compete with the men. We’ve had so many pageants over the past five years that have given women more and more opportunities. I’m super happy to be here for this time.

The file : Speaking of the present, what is your state of mind before your next Dew Tour competition?

JB: It’s definitely very exciting. I’m happy to find the spirit of the competition. My favorite thing is to compete, but since the Olympics things have been pretty good. So bringing the Dew Tour back is so exciting. There’s not as much pressure with the Dew Tour as there is with the Olympics.

The file : You had the chance to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. How was this experience?

JB: The Olympics were so amazing. I’m so grateful that I was able to be there and qualify because it’s something that I will hold tight to for the rest of my life. Skateboarding in the Olympics shed more light on sports. It will bring skate parks to towns that never really had skate. It’s now considered a legitimate sport, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

The file : I talked about it with Tony Hawk before the Olympics, but I’m curious to know your point of view on this subject. Do you feel like the narrative surrounding skateboarding has changed?

JB: For sure. Skateboarding is such a unique sport because anyone can do it and put their own identity on it. That the Olympics shed light on sport in countries around the world is huge. So I think we just need to build on that momentum and get more countries to embrace it.

The file : What is the best moment of your career so far?

JB: There have been so many thanks to skateboarding. Last week we went to the White House to meet with the president and the vice president. I was so honored to be there. It’s probably at the top of my list so far. But I’m also looking forward to these upcoming competitions and the Paris 2024 Olympics. We haven’t explored Tokyo as much for the Olympics, so being able to get the full experience would be great.

The file : What are the remaining goals on your to-do list?

JB: My first goal would be to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Once this goal is achieved, I think about making, I hope, the final and/or winning a medal. This is certainly the priority objective.

This year’s Dew Tour competition will take place July 29-30 at Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barratt, 23, hopes to make some noise at the largest skatepark in the United States. We will find out in July if she can do just that.

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