NEWCASTLE skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen is “stoked” to have taken out the World Vert Championships in Nanjing, China, last weekend.
Olsen, 17, was a wild card entry in the competition, which was the first IOC-sanctioned event for skateboarding in the lead up to the 2020 Olympics.
Olsen defeated American Arianna Carmona and Poland's Amelia Brodka to take the top spot on the podium.
The 2016 WCS Girls Combi Pro Champion is hoping to make her Olympic debut when skateboarding is added to the 2020 Toyko games.
Olsen’s mother, Thomas Olsen, said they were thrilled.
“Poppy was excited to get the win, as our nearest vert ramp is in Sydney – so it was hard to get any training in,” she said. “The two skate disciplines going into the 2020 Olympics are ‘park’ and ‘street’, no vert unfortunately – so while it's great to have won the very first World Roller Games Gold medal for Australia, it's not really going to help Poppy in her Olympic campaign.”
Olsen will compete at the Vans Park Series World Championships in Shanghai.
Olsen, the number one ranked Australian Skateboarding Federation Vert rider, took out the national title earlier this year, and won bronze at the 2017 X-Games in Minneapolis.