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They’re Olympic gold and silver medalists. And they’re 13 years old.

TOKYO — They were children sitting at a dais in a roomful of adults. The gold and silver medal winners of the first Olympic women’s street skateboarding event, fearless in their leaps off ramps and railings, suddenly looked small at the victory news conference. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya and Brazil’s Rayssa...
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The Verge

Rayssa Leal’s skateboarding went viral on Vine — she just won an Olympic medal

People may know Rayssa Leal from a Vine that showed her landing an incredible heelflip while dressed in a pixie outfit, but today she’s wearing something different: the silver medal she won for her performance in the 2021 Olympic women’s street skating event. She also appeared on the Olympics official Twitter account, which posted a “how it started, how it’s going” meme featuring the 13-year-old skater.
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Mother Jones

Brazil’s 13-Year-Old Skateboard Phenom Rayssa Leal Is Hands Down the Best Part of the Olympics So Far

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter. Rayssa Leal was only 7 when she went viral. In early September 2015, millions of people watched the video of the then-7-year-old skateboarder, dressed in a bright blue fairy costume, fall twice before triumphantly landing a heelflip. One of them was skateboarding legend Tony Hawk:
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Jezebel

The Cool Teen Girls Who Made History at the Olympics

No teenager currently living is as cool as the three teen girls who medaled in street skateboarding at the Olympics: Nishiya Momiji (13) of Japan, Rayssa Leal (13) of Brazil, and Nakayama Funa (16), also of Japan. Congratulations to those girls and also to their parents, who will be able to brag about this achievement for eternity.
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Vulture

Heelflipping Vine Child Grows Up to Be 13-Year-Old Olympic Silver Medalist Rayssa Leal

A fairy princess grew up to be one of the youngest Olympic medalists in the history of sport, and that sport happens to be the coolest one there is. That’s the delightful TL;DR of this story. On Monday, the Tokyo Games held the first-ever women’s Olympic skateboarding event, and the podium was giving Betty-style youthful cool. Thirteen-year-old Momiji Nishiya of Japan won the gold medal in the inaugural “street” category (Olympic skateboarding is divided into “street” and “park” courses), and fellow 13-year-old Rayssa Leal took the silver medal for Brazil. If that name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because Leal already went viral as a 7-year-old way back in 2015 for a Vine in which she wore a poofy fairy-princess costume and landed a complicated heelflip like a badass. The Vine was taken from a video on Leal’s Instagram in which you see her trying to land the trick and failing twice before she picks herself up and nails it. It’s a literal fairy tale of perseverance and talent, made all the more impressive by the fact that she won silver today without the help of performance-enhancing wings.
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Fast Company

Watch Olympic skateboarding medalist Rayssa Leal shred in this clever new Nike ad

A clever new Nike ad featuring Olympic skateboarding silver medalist Rayssa Leal confirms what should be obvious to anyone watching this year’s Olympics: Skateboarding isn’t a boys’ club anymore. On Monday, a trio of teenage girls swept the first-ever women’s Olympic skateboarding street event, with 13-year-old Japanese skater Momiji Nishiya...
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Refinery29

At 7, Rayssa Leal Went Viral For Skateboarding In A Fairy Princess Dress. At 13, She Won An Olympic Medal

On Monday, 13-year-old Rayssa Leal won the silver medal during the Tokyo Olympics' first women's street skateboarding event. Medaling for Brazil, Leal was among a roster of other teenage skateboarders who all came in the top three spots for the event's inaugural appearance at the Games: 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya from Japan won gold and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama from Japan won bronze.
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The Inertia

We Checked In On 10-Year-Old Skater Rayssa Leal and She Still Rips

You may remember theskateboarding fairywho absolutely crushesany pool or street set-up in her wake? Well Brazilian Rayssa Leal is still killing it. And dropping new edits all the time (you can follow herhere, for more). Can it really be possible thatRayssa is only 10 years old?While she’s cute as a bug, she certainly doesn’t skate like one. On the contrary, she rides like a seasoned vet twice her age.
redbull.com

See how Japan won both Street Skateboarding World Championship titles

As well as firsts in both men’s and women’s divisions, the emerging skateboarding powerhouse also took home a second and third as a golden generation comes to fruition. Even by the see-sawing standards of the road to this juncture in skateboarding’s competitive history, this weekend’s finals of the Street Skateboarding World Championships in Rome witnessed drama after drama.
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Is Wedding Crashers Finally Saying "I Do" to a Sequel? What We Know So Far

Attention Stage 5 clingers: More Wedding Crashers is finally on the way! The 2005 film is reportedly getting a sequel after more than 16 years. The original Wedding Crashers—about a pair of BFF bros (Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn) who hunt for easy hookups at strangers’ nuptials until they meet their respective romantic matches in two beautiful sisters (Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher)—was a major blockbuster, earning more than $200 million at the U.S. box office (and more than $288 million worldwide) on a $40 million budget. It became one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedies ever and turned Wilson and Vaughn into one of the most beloved and hilarious onscreen duos in recent history—all of which makes it quite strange that a followup flick never happened… until, it seems, now!
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New York Times

With Olympic Doors Open, a 14-Year-Old Skateboarder Enters a New World

VIDOR, Texas — Kendra Long, an elite skateboarder who recently celebrated her 14th birthday, does a lot of fancy tricks at the small skateboard park that lives in her family’s driveway in this rural patch of southeast Texas. There are varials, board slides, fakie full cab flips. Kendra is 5-foot-6, with long blonde hair that swirls around her face when she twists and drifts and spins and soars. The neighbors’ horses sometimes amble up to the fence to watch.
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