U.S. Olympic Skateboarder Jagger Eaton Has Fans Scratching Their Heads After He Competes with AirPods In His Ears

by Joe Rutland

While it’s great that U.S. skateboarder Jagger Eaton won a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, fans were more interested in his AirPods.

Jagger Eaton took to the Tokyo skateboarding course wearing his AirPods in his ears, according to a story from Fox News. Fans watching around the world wondered why he was doing this.

Well, there’s no response from 20-year-old Jagger Eaton on why he did this during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Many were curious what he was listening to in his AirPods. Or if he was even listening to anything at all. Several Twitter users offered their own thoughts of what they would listen to if they were Olympic skateboarders.

Japan’s Yuto Horigome won the gold medal and Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler took the silver medal in the event. Horigome scored 37.18, while Hoefler posted a 36.15 score. Jagger Eaton finished with a 35.35.

Jagger Eaton Might Have Gotten Attention, But Horigome Got The Gold

Horigome made history as the first skateboarder to win gold in Olympic skateboarding.

Horigome, 22, said that he learned to skate in Tokyo when he was a young boy. That made winning the gold in Tokyo that much more special.

“It felt significant to return to Koto ward, it meant so much more for me,” he said according to Reuters.

The skateboarders are focusing on finding a broader acceptance of the sport. It was making its first appearance in Olympic Games at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Brazilian Silver Medalist Hopes His Finish Gets Others Interested In Skateboarding

“Skateboarding is still a minor sport,” Horigome said. “I want to show how skateboarding is fun.”

Hoefler said he was hoping his silver-medal victory could inspire other Brazilians to take up skateboarding. That might be hard to do, though, since soccer is the most popular sport in the country.

“It’s going to be mind-changing for them,” Hoefler said after his silver-medal finish.

As for Jagger Eaton, it might bring him more name-brand awareness in the United States skateboarding scene.

Time Difference Between Tokyo, U.S. Might Throw Some Viewers Off

While events like skateboarding take place in Tokyo, some U.S. viewers might have trouble with the time difference between the countries.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics provides some time issues for Olympics fans.

So, if you live on the East Coast, then there’s a 13-hour time difference between, say, New York City and Tokyo. An article from USA Today points out that when an event might start at 5 p.m. Tokyo time, then it’s going to be 2 a.m. Eastern Time.

Times for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be different for other time zones in the United States. If an event starts at 5 p.m. Tokyo time, then it’s going to be 1 a.m. Central, midnight Mountain, and 11 p.m. Pacific time.

Outsiders then can plan when they are going to watch specific events. NBC is the main network for 2020 Tokyo Olympics coverage. Catch Olympic action on NBCOlympics.com, the Peacock streaming network, or even the NBC app.