Sport news Meet the millionaire skateboarder targeting Olympic glory: Nyjah Huston escaped his tumultuous upbringing to become the world's best-paid skater and has a $3.6m Laguna Beach mansion at just 26... now he's looking for a new type of gold in Toky
Premierleague-News.com - Born into a strict Rastafarian family, Huston had to fight and claw his way to skateboarding's summit. After taking up the sport at the age of four, he was pressed to dedicate his life to it by his father.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The definition of a child prodigy is deemed to be a person under the age of 10 who produces meaningful output in a specific field to the level of an adult expert.It is very rare that those lumped with the tag ever live up to the almighty expectation put on their young shoulders. Breaking through that proverbial glass ceiling is made that much more difficult. In sport, the term is thrown around far too casually and those youngsters handed the somewhat poison chalice often never live up to the hype after years of pressure.However, in skating, it's viewed slightly differently. The word 'fail' doesn't exist in the sport. When practicing a trick or a line, the unwritten rule is to try and try again until you finally master it – it doesn't matter how many times you fall, you get back up and go again.So for Nyjah Huston, there was never any doubt that he wouldn't achieve greatness. World champion skateboarder Nyjah Huston is targeting Olympic gold this summer RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next IOC left humiliated after protestor passing as a Yahoo... Sir Mo Farah to earn spot in Team GB's Tokyo squad by... 'I struggled mentally with trying to be a superhero': Five... Becky Downie vows to continue her Tokyo 2020 bid despite... Share this article Share Born into a strict Rastafarian family while being raised in isolation, Huston had to fight and claw his way to skateboarding's summit. After taking up the sport at the age of four with his siblings, Huston was pressed to dedicate his life to the sport by his father, who chose it for him.By the age of seven, Huston was making the skating world stand up and take notice with his long dreadlocks making him instantly recognisable while his much older peers were left gobsmacked at his ability, which saw him make the streets of California his own personal playground.Four years later, Huston was sponsored by Element Skateboards when skating at X Games – an annual extreme sports events that have played host to some of the most notable events in board sport history. He's been skating since the age of four and was instantly recognisable for his long dreadlocksSkateboarding legend Tony Hawk landed his first ever '900' at the event, making him a sporting icon in the process while the United States' most decorated snowboarder Shaun White also made a name for himself at the X Games.However, while a 12-year-old Huston was on the up and making waves in skateboarding, his life was abruptly changed by his over-controlling father.In 2006, Huston was dragged away from his life on America's west coast and was moved to a farm in Puerto Rico with the rest of his family – a property bought with his earnings from skate competitions. He also had his own private skatepark so he could practice everyday.'It was rough at the time, I'm not going to lie,' Huston told CNBC in February.'He was pretty hard on me, especially during those younger years. He was pushing me to skate these big rails and I was just a little kid that was eight or nine years old. I was really scared.' He was home-schooled and was kept on a strict vegan diet all the while becoming disconnected from skate competitions and his sponsors.Living off grid became tough for Huston and his siblings, and while he was away at a skate competition in Barcelona, his mother Kelle packed up and left the Puerto Rico farm with her other four children to move back to California in order to escape her obsessive husband. Huston is one of the most successful skaters on his generation and dominates his competitionAfter nearly two years in the wilderness in his father's guidance, who recorded his demos and skating videos, Huston was finally placed into his mother's care after a judge granted her full custody, allowing him to return to California and kick-start his rise back to skateboarding super-stardom.But while he was back with his mother and returned to his board, Huston, his mother and his siblings were left reeling by his father's actions, who had been in control of Huston's earnings from the opening stages.While he was back to skating, the Huston family were left broke and all the pressure was lumped back of Huston's young shoulders to succeed. He had become the family's main breadwinner before even reaching his teens.But his unrivalled talent prevailed during one of the most testing moments in his young life up until that point, after he won Street League skate competition in Glendale, Arizona. The competition's founder, skating legend Rob Dyrdek, offered to help the Huston family out and pay for his hotel as he was acutely aware of Nyjah's huge potential.And the gamble to send him all the way to Arizona for the tournament paid off. Huston won 12 gold medals across the nine Summer X Games he competed since 2011Huston took first place in that 2010 Street League competition, scooping a huge $150,000 prize to help ease the financial burden for his mother.'That was the most important and best feeling I've ever had in a contest. It saved our lives,' Huston told Rolling Stone in a 2015 interview.The competition victory proved to be a springboard to new untold heights for the California-native, where he would go on to dominate skate competitions across the world. Three years on from that Street League triumph in Arizona, Huston went on to become the world's highest-paid skater after securing several more top prize-money wins at the competition.
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.Along with his Street League wins, Huston won 12 gold medals across the nine Summer X Games he competed at from 2011 to 2019.He also has four World Skateboarding Championship golds to add to his already huge collection, making him already one of the most established skaters of his generation.In total, he has won 41 events and competitions, making him one of the most marketable sporting athletes in North America. The 26-year-old holds the record for most wins at Super League events (19) since 2010 With his success on four wheels, Huston has been the highest-paid skateboarder since 2013 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyjah Huston (@nyjah) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyjah Huston (@nyjah) As of January this year, Huston is sponsored by Nike SB, Monster Energy drinks, Doritos and Mountain Dew among a whole other host of brands that have helped him on his way into becoming one of skateboarding's most recognisable figures. He also has a whopping 7.6m combined followers across the main social media platforms, with 4.6m of those on Instagram alone.Now, at the age of 26, Huston is beginning to settle following a difficult and controlled upbringing and has certainly reaped the rewards of his continued success on all four wheels. Huston, who has an approximated net worth of $12m, sold his fun pueblo-style party pad in San Juan Capistrano, California, for $3.2m in 2018, making the 10-mile move up the west coast to Laguna Beach where he now resides in the hills. At 26, he owns 5,300-square-foot $3.6million mansion in the hills of Laguna Beach, California It boasts a stunning sea view as a result of floor-to-ceiling windows in his living room Huston also has his own personal gym, which has kept him fit during the pandemic He also has his own bar and games room to entertain guests whenever he has them overHis 5,300-square-foot $3.6m mansion boasts a stunning sea view as a result of floor-to-ceiling windows in his living room, while he has been kept entertained throughout the pandemic with a large games room, gym and a bar.Huston even has a wall that is dedicated to his 22 years of perfecting his craft as a skater, with old boards with his own signature graphics.Huston can also say he owns his very over 10,000 square-foot private skatepark, which has been modelled on the layout of competition events he often dominates.During a tour of his hillside mansion in 2019, Huston describes his dedicated trophy room as his 'favourite and most meaningful' room in his house.One wall is seen decked from top to bottom in Street League competition gongs, along with skating magazine clippings where he has featured in that edition. One wall by his staircase is dedicated to his 22 years of perfecting his craft as a skater One room in his mansion is home to his numerous awards and trophies from over the years Huston points to the USA Skateboarding deck he was given after joining the Olympics teamAbove a framed cabinet of a selection of his medals is a USA Skateboarding deck, given to Huston for making the country's first ever team for this summer's delayed Tokyo Olympics.'This is kind of a special thing,' Huston says, as he pointed to the mounted USA deck. 'I was given this after being introduced to the 2020 Olympic team – first time ever skateboarding being in the Olympics.''I have a good chance of being there,' he adds, confidently.And he should be confident. As a skateboarder, Huston is one of the most talented to have ever stepped on a board, while his 2014 Fade To Black skate video, and later his 2018 masterpiece 'Til Death, show just how ruthless he can be in perfecting his art. When it comes down to big moments in competitions, Huston has shown time and time again that he can bring his A-game when it matters, blowing his competition out of the water in the process. Anything you can do, Huston can probably do it better. He also owns his own private skatepark, where he practices his tricks for the upcoming GamesBut with that, while he has the luxurious pad in the Laguna Beach hills, millions of dollars in the bank account and countless followers on social media, he is now aiming to become the first skater to ever win Olympic gold.However, rather humbly, Huston is also just glad skateboarding is reaching a wider audience. 'I'm stoked that it's coming to a bigger stage,' Huston told Yahoo.'And I'm stoked that it's (skateboarding) going to be in the Olympics. I think it's good for us, and I think it's good for skateboarding as a whole.'Having already accomplished so much at such a young age, Huston really has lived up to his child prodigy tag. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next IOC left humiliated after protestor passing as a Yahoo... Sir Mo Farah to earn spot in Team GB's Tokyo squad by... 'I struggled mentally with trying to be a superhero': Five... Becky Downie vows to continue her Tokyo 2020 bid despite... Share this article Share
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