Local skateboarder ready to participate in the Paris Olympics

Mariah Duran has secured her spot for the Paris Olympics.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New Mexican skateboarder Mariah Duran is ready to compete in this year’s Olympic Games in Paris, where she qualified for the U.S. street skateboarding team.

Duran, 27, will adopt steps and handrails that mimic the urban skateboarding experience. This is only the second year that skateboarding has been an Olympic sport. Duran qualified for the 2021 Summer Games in Tokyo. She finished 13th.

In addition to competing in the Olympics, she won gold at the X Games in Minneapolis and Sydney, Australia, in the women’s street skateboarding competition in 2018. She has also qualified for the world championships in six of the past eight years.

Duran calls Albuquerque home. Two months ago, she appeared at the South Valley Skate and Food Truck Fest at Rio Bravo Park. She held a skateboard clinic and taught skateboarders tips, tricks and styles.

The coverage of the Olympic Games in Paris is on KOB 4.