Rune Glifberg

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Rune Glifberg
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Rune Glifberg
Personal information
Nickname(s)The Danish Destroyer
Born (1974-10-07) 7 October 1974 (age 46)
Copenhagen, Denmark
OccupationProfessional skateboarder, architect
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight160 lb (73 kg)
Rank32nd (Park)[1]
Event(s)Park, vert and vert doubles
Turned pro1992
Former partner(s)Mike Crum
Achievements and titles
National finals
  • Danish Skateboarding Championship 2021: Men's park – Gold
  • Danish Skateboarding Championship 2019: Men's park – Bronze

Rune Glifberg (born 7 October 1974), nicknamed "The Danish Destroyer," is a Danish professional skateboarder. Glifberg is one of three skaters to have competed at every X Games. He has a total of 12 X Games medals.[2] At 46, he became the oldest skateboarder to ever compete in the Olympic Games and the first male skateboarder to ever compete in a park event in the Olympic Games when he represented Denmark in the men's park event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rune Glifberg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and began skating at the age of 11 years after a friend brought a skateboard as a gift, which he had bought in the US. He entered his first pro contest in France in 1990, and turned pro in 1992. Rune Glifberg moved from Denmark to Costa Mesa, California after he finished secondary school in 1995.[4][5]

Professional skateboarding[edit]

In the early 1990s, Glifberg turned professional as a vert skater and relocated to the United States. Glifberg signed a contract with Flip Skateboards and, as of July 2021, he remains a member of the company's professional team.[6]

Glifberg was sponsored by shoe company Etnies at around the same time as he joined Flip and his second signature shoe was called the Forsvar, meaning "defend" or "defense" in Danish. As of September 2012, Glifberg has released a line of signature shoes with Converse that consists of "The Allston" and the "Rune Pro Mid" models.

Glifberg is a playable character in the first five games of the Tony Hawk series of video games that consists of the four Pro Skater games and Tony Hawk's Underground.[7]

Company owner[edit]

Glifberg is a part-owner of Pipeline Distribution and runs a Copenhagen-based event company "RunEvent". RunEvent was the organizer of 2010's "Burning of the Witch" skateboard contest at Amager Strandpark in Copenhagen. Burning of the Witch was jointly sponsored by Volcom, one of Glifberg's sponsors, and Thrasher Magazine. RunEvent organized Glifberg's 25th skateboarding anniversary that was held at Fælledparken in Copenhagen during the summer of 2011.

In 2009, Glifberg and architect Ebbe Lykke founded the skatepark design firm Glifberg+Lykke in Copenhagen.[8][9] The duo have since taken the lead on a number of projects in Europe, including the Streetdome in Haderslev, Denmark;[10] Oslo Skatehalll in Oslo, Norway;[11] Skatepark Eller in Düsseldorf, Germany;[12] and the Urban Sport Zone in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Glifberg resided in the United States for seventeen years, living for a period in the Leucadia district of Encinitas, California.[14] He moved back to Denmark in the early 2010s and, as of 2021, is based in Copenhagen.[15]

Contest history[edit]


Active sponsors as of July 2021:[17]

Former sponsors[edit]


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  2. ^ "X Games Event Spotlights: Skateboard Street & Skateboard Park « The World Famous KROQ". 28 July 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  3. ^ Agarwal, Kalptaru (26 July 2021). "Danish skateboarder Rune Glifberg becomes the oldest debutant at Tokyo Olympics". The Bridge. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  4. ^ Cave, Steve (21 April 2013). "Rune Glifberg Bio". Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  5. ^ Dreboldt, Henrik (9 July 2006). "Fra Rødovre til verdensstjerne". Berlingske (in Danish). Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Team". Flip Skateboards. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Rune Glifberg". IMDb. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Our Philosophy". Glifberg+Lykke. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  9. ^ Bane, Colin (11 November 2014). "Rune Glifberg and the future of skatepark design". X Games. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Rune Glifberg and Streetdome". X Games. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  11. ^ Fontrodona, Marc (20 January 2017). "Marvel at the suspended bowl of Oslo Skatehall". Red Bull. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Skatepark Eller". Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf (in German). Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  13. ^ "The largest skate park in the Netherlands opens today". TheMayor.EU. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Rockstar Energy Drink: Sports > Skateboarding > Rune Glifberg". Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Athletes: GLIFBERG Rune (Skateboarding)". Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  16. ^ a b Rune Glifberg SKATEBOARDER. "Rune Glifberg Profile - Competition History - ESPN". Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  17. ^ Meronek, Rob. "Profiles and Bios: Rune Glifberg from Copenhagen DEN". The Boardr. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  18. ^ [1] Archived April 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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