Australia's youngest Tokyo Games gold medallist was born in the US, lives in the US and speaks with a heavy American accent.
But Keegan Palmer could not be a prouder Aussie, the 18-year-old dual citizen crediting the 13-years he spent Down Under for establishing his love of skateboarding and setting him on the path to Olympic history.
Palmer streeted the field to claim gold in the men's park final in Tokyo, his dominance such that his best two rides were both good enough to win gold when one was all he needed.
"That is a such a huge honour and I am so grateful that I was able to do it for Australia," said Palmer.
"It means the world to me because it's where everything started for me. I'm so grateful and I just can't believe it."
"It's a huge honour to (represent) where I came from.
"There's this one park I used to skate, Elanora, being able to bring it back eight or so years later to be able to have an Olympic medal for them and bring it home for the Gold Coast and Queensland - I was so hyped about that.
"I can't say thank you enough to everyone that helped me."
Palmer was one when his family moved from the US to the Gold Coast before returning to the US when he was 14 as his career began to take off to be now based in San Diego.
That's where his parents watched on from as he claimed gold in Tokyo, the pandemic scuppering any hopes they had of joining him at the Games.
Covid also impacted Palmer's ability to return to Australia, though he did manage to come back to win the 2020 national championships in Gympie and has been back on and off for training since.
It all proved worthwhile on Thursday as he became the first Australian medallist in the sport's Olympic debut, in the process ending Japan's dominance after the host nation collected the three other skateboarding golds on offer in Tokyo.
Palmer was quick out of the gates in the final, the world No.7 laying down a scarcely-believable 94.04 with the first of his three runs in the eight-man decider.
It was a new benchmark for Palmer, with no rider even getting close to a 90 in the preliminary round.
The battle for the minor medals was intense - Brazil's Pedro Barros claiming silver with a score of 86.14 and American world No.2 Cory Juneau taking bronze with 84.13.
Fellow Australian Kieran Woolley finished fifth with a best ride of 82.04.
But no-one could get close to Palmer, and just to re-assert his dominance over the field, he pulled out a 95.83 with his final ride.
"I wasn't too nervous going into this one, I felt confident," Palmer said.
"I'm just so honoured to be standing here with those two guys - Pedro and Cory, I've known them since I was nine years old.
"Ten years later now we're standing on an Olympic podium together, I just can't believe it."
Palmer was almost joined on the podium by Woolley who had set the competition alight during the preliminary rounds when he posted the second-highest score to qualify for the final.
The qualifiers claimed the scalp of world No.1 and reigning world champion Heimana Reynolds.
Australian Associated Press