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July 27, 2021

From Ann Arbor Skatepark to the Tokyo Olympic Games


Twenty-nine athletes with ties to the University of Michigan are competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, plus one with a special connection to UMS!

UMS’s 2016/17 season opener highlighted the magic of improvisation in both music and sport. Falling Up and Getting Down at the Ann Arbor Skatepark featured Jason Moran & the Bandwagon alongside a crew of professional skateboarders. Then 17-year-old skateboarder Jordyn Barratt was among the group, pictured below with UMS president emeritus Ken Fischer:

Jordyn Barratt

Ken Fisher with Jordyn Barratt | Katie Alexis Photography

Fischer recalls Jordyn saying that her goal was to be on the 2020 USA Olympic Team…and she is, joining Team USA in their skateboarding debut! Join us in cheering Jordyn on Wednesday, August 4 as she competes in the women’s park event. View schedule

Jordyn Barratt at Ann Arbor Skatepark

Jordyn Barratt at Ann Arbor Skatepark | Photo by Joanne Barratt