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South Florida skateboard pro heading to Olympics

'I felt like I was a little kid again,' Zion Wright says
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Posted at 9:24 PM, Jun 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-21 23:59:57-04

JUPITER, Fla.  — A dream is simply a dream if you don't go after it. But Jupiter's very own Zion Wright is reaching his goal of competing in the Olympics.

"There's obviously a lot going through my mind as far as pressure and all this stuff," Wright said. "But what's really going through my mind is, like, having fun. I felt like I was a little kid again."

Wright had to win the Dew Tours stop in Des Moines, Iowa, to make the team. So he got creative.

"It was 540, fakie grab, come back grind, 360, 540, came around into the alley-oop, front 5-0, front grind, into the front side air, into the 5-0, into the front blunt then into heelflip indy, that was the exact order," he said.

Wright began skating at 4. As time went on, he became a household name around these parts. By the time he was 15, Zion had already moved to the birthplace of skateboarding --California.

"From there, got on Red Bull and everything from there really started to fall in line," he said.

Wright's homie, Alex Sorgente, also competed in the Olympic trials.

"I thought I just sprained my ankle, and it was just bothering me," he said.

Sorgente is from Boynton Beach. But because of a bad ankle, his Olympic dream is on hold.

"It was a big opportunity and I had to handle it," Sorgente said. "I just couldn't go through with it with the ankle being how it was."

Wright and Sorgente have been friends for years. In fact, they used to live together in Los Angeles. Sorgente said it's bittersweet for him but very cool to see his friend heading to the Olympics.

"It's just going to be amazing to see him on that stage and, hopefully, he can do the best he does and win the thing," he said.

The Olympics are just under a month. Looking back, Wright feels luck favors the prepared.

"Everything just happened," he said. "Everything happens for a reason."