Two 13-year-olds won gold and silver in skateboarding and people are loving it
Team Brazil's Rayssa Leal puts her hand on the face of Team Japan's Momiji Nishiya during the women's street final. (Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
Most 13-year-olds are likely hanging out at home and relaxing through their summer off work before entering high school in the fall, but not Momiji Nishiya or Rayssa Leal - they are busy winning Olympic medals.
Nishiya became the youngest individual Olympic champion and for the first time ever in women's skateboarding after winning gold in the street event in Tokyo on Monday on home soil.
The native Osaka, Japanese, is already an X Games and world champion silver medalist. She made it one step further on the podium for her first gold medal on the international stage thanks to a clinical final round, which she completed with a bold drop on the lips.
Brazilian phenomenon Leal, admired by Tony Hawk years ago, took silver, and 16-year-old Japanese Funa Nakayama took bronze to complete the podium as a teenager.
The achievements met with widespread positive feedback on Twitter, which was a breath of fresh air on an often overwhelmingly negative platform.
Nishiya won with a score of 15.26, joining fellow Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome, who became the only two Olympic skateboarding gold medalists in the world to win the men's street competition on Sunday.
Leal trailed with a score of 14.64, ousting Nakayama, who scored 14.49.
Olympic organizers shouldn't regret their decision to include skateboarding in the Games for the first time. Skateboarding is one of four sports that makes its Olympic debut this summer, and with moments like these it looks like it could become a mainstay.
There is even more skateboarding action on the agenda in Tokyo with the women's park competition on August 4th, followed by the men's event on August 5th.
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