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Young Valley skateboarder hopes to one day compete in Olympics

Posted at 6:59 PM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 20:59:12-05

For the first time in history, skateboarding will be considered a sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and one Valley boy is already in training mode for the games in 2024.

For 11-year-old Lazer, skateboarding is life.

Lazer trains six hours a day, five days a week. The training and practice is so rigorous, he's tutored for school to allow for more time on the board.

"I started skateboarding when I was five years-old," said Lazer. 

He enjoyed it so much he dropped out of other sports.

"It just felt perfect, like I liked it so much more than football and soccer," said Lazer.

The thing is, he's good and he's far from a typical 11 year-old.

He has two coaches, an agent, a manager, and already a sponsorship from Vans.

He travels the country competing, and winning.

Just about every hour of his day is scheduled, from the time he wakes up, to the time he goes to bed.

"Having a schedule, it's not too bad when you really want to be super good at something," said Lazer.

Now he's hoping to go for the 2024 summer Olympics in Paris.

His parents are supporting him. They even built the 91 West Skate Park in Peoria for him to practice.

"If I get discouraged and I can't do a trick, I just keep trying," said Lazer. "Just keep going, don't stop."