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Poppy Starr Olsen at Boise X Games Qualifier

Posted at 8:49 PM, Jun 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-10 23:28:20-04

We have reached the final round of X Games in Boise. 12 athletes will fall to just 6 that will advance to X Games Minnesota. 

One of those 12 is from Australia Poppy Starr Olsen, Olsen's journey to Boise has come full circle for the down-under sensation. 

Olsen has been skating for 9 years and has already racked up some serious accolades making it to the X Games last season in Austin Texas.

"It's definitely a lot of pressure this year to try and qualify for X Games I'm really nervous but I qualified 4th and if I can get fourth again today then I'm in the X Games," said, competitor Poppy Starr Olsen.

She isn't just focused on what she does on a board, she has extended her talents into the art community as a jewelry designer, and card designer. With the help of those sales, she has funded the early stages of her competition career.

"I've been drawing as long as I can remember.  I started making my art into greeting cards and eventually into a business.," said, Olsen.

Along with been talented on both fronts, she understands that the X Games have only grown with women in the sport.  Skateboarding for women has only been around for just over a decade and Olsen believes that the sport will only continue to grow with the impact that she and fellow boarders have made. 

"When I started skateboarding there were hardly any girl skaters and I think that's one of the biggest things that have changed for me.  Being able to compete in the X Games with so many girls and I guess the level of skateboarding has been set so high.  I think it's really awesome to see us all progressing and hopefully, there will be even more competition," said, Olsen.

The Olympics will have skateboarding in 2020 and Olsen has a strong chance of shredding it up in Japan.