Get to Know Multitalented Skateboarder Bryce Wettstein Days Before Her Olympic Debut
As the start of the Tokyo Olympics grows near, audiences will soon witness skateboarding at the Games for the first time. With buzz building around skateboarding at the Olympics, viewers may be curious to learn more about their current and potentially new favorite athletes. POPSUGAR spoke to Team USA park skater Bryce Wettstein about a day in her life, her upbringing, and how she's prepping for Tokyo so you can get to know her one-of-a-kind approach to the sport and life.
In conversation with POPSUGAR, Wettstein agreed that her unique combination of athletic skills and visionary-like perspectives about skating have her feeling ready for whatever is to come in Tokyo. At one point, Wettstein highlighted that she's come to realize that her various "vantage points" from her array of athletic abilities will all be implemented into the Olympics. As a skater who frequents a variety of parks, participates in a number of sports, and is endlessly creative on and off the board, Wettstein is ready to bring her unique skillset to the Games. Ahead are 10 fun facts about the Olympian.
To learn more about Team USA, visit TeamUSA.org. The Tokyo Olympics begin July 23 on NBC.
Bryce Wettstein Started Skating When She Was 5 Years Old
Although she officially started skating at 5 years old, Wettstein could feel a knack for skateboarding from her mother's womb. Now, Wettstein is currently ranked eighth in the Olympic Women's Skateboarding Rankings for Women's Park. Just as she has evolved, so has her at-home skatepark, which she considers a "family member." It began as a mini ramp and has grown to mirror a skatepark — bowl, vert ramp, and all.
She Is Athletic in More Ways Than 1
Along with skateboarding, Wettstein surfs, snowboards, and plays volleyball.
Bryce Wettstein Moves Through Her Day Intuitively
When it comes to balancing schoolwork with daily life, Wettstein told POPSUGAR that she whips out her agenda to help her prioritize what she has to get done in a day. As she's planning her day, she asks herself, "How do I feel?," so she can let her heart take the lead in planning her schedule.
Bryce Wettstein Loves to Do Handstands
Whether it's on the board, off the board, or with her father, Wettstein often flips her perspective by going upside down into a handstand.
She Keeps Several Journals
A key part of Wettstein's morning routine is making entries in her journals. She said she tries to write down her dreams, sees if she can put anything from her "noteworthy journal" (anything that stood out from the day prior) into a story that she's developing, and tries to make an animation in her animation journal.
One day, she hopes to sit with her journals "in an arc and make some sort of [written] narrative of what it means to have a dream."
Bryce Wettstein Conditions Her Body With Yoga, Dance, and Cardio
In describing the different skills and preparation methods necessary to skateboard — balance, coordination, and charisma — Wettstein mentioned that "a lot of it is making sure that you can do an outline of what you do on a skateboard but with your body."
Some of her routine includes yoga poses (Down Dog and backbends), pirouettes, and running.
Bryce Wettstein Often Visits Several Skate Parks in 1 Day
As Wettstein took us through a day in her life, she mentioned that in the afternoon, she goes to a "set of skateparks" in one day, including Vista Skatepark.
Her Favorite Way to Destress Is Simple Yet Effective
Wettstein loves to splay out and look at the clouds to destress.
Bryce Wettstein and Her Family Are Musically Inclined
One of Wettstein's creative outlets is songwriting. It's something that her whole family participates in. She told POPSUGAR that her father or sister is usually on the piano, and she is on ukulele or guitar. Currently, they're writing a song about a clock.
She Sees Skateboarding as a Growing Sport
When asked what Wettstein thinks will happen in skateboarding's future, she replied that she sees dozens of new people entering the sport and that because each skater puts their own persona into skateboarding, she predicts the sport will continue to be a reflection of the people who participate in it.