Entertainment Sports Skateboarding Medalist Jagger Eaton Says He Competed at Olympics on an Injured Ankle: 'It's Broken Right Now' Jagger Eaton won the first-ever bronze Olympic medal in men's street skateboarding in Tokyo last week By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 29, 2021 12:09 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Jagger Eaton wasn't slowed down by an ankle injury when he skated his way to the first-ever Olympic bronze in men's street skateboarding — though he'd now like some time to heal. Speaking with PEOPLE after his victory at the Tokyo Games during week one of the competition, Eaton, 20, says he pushed through the injury, which happened at the Street Skateboarding World Championships in Rome this past May and June. "I don't know how much people know, but I was competing on a broken ankle," the athlete says. "It's broken right now. And so I'm just going to go home and heal it and really what it needs is rest. And that's what I'm going to give it." He admits that, after the break, he entertained the idea that he might not be able to compete at the Games. Jagger Eaton FaceTimed His Dad Right After Winning First-Ever Skateboarding Medal: 'I Was So Hyped' Team USA's Jagger Eaton reacts as he competes in the skateboarding men's street competition on Sunday in the Tokyo Summer Games. "Right when I broke my ankle in Rome, when I was sitting in my room, I was icing my ankle in an ice bath," Eaton remembers. "And I was sitting there just being like, 'Man, did I just see my Olympic debut shattered?' I just had to dig deep and there's something about being hurt or being sick that kind of brings the best out of you." The Arizona native adds, "You dig something for deeper and that's kind of what happened on that finals day in Rome. And to be sitting here, the medal around my neck, just means the world to me." When Eaton heads back home, he's also focused on hitting the golf course with his dad for a relaxing 18 holes. The pair are close, and Geoff Eaton was his first call after nabbing the medal. Unforgettable Photos of Athletes Finding Out They Won Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Jagger Eaton. Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images "I guess that I was yelling so loud that he didn't hear anything for like two minutes," Eaton says. To learn more about Team USA, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics now on NBC.