Tokyo 2020: With Tony Hawk’s ‘Blessing’, How Did Rayssa Leal Become The ‘Fairy’ Of Skating?


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Tokyo 2020: With Tony Hawk's 'Blessing', How Did Rayssa Leal Become The 'Fairy' Of Skating?

The Brazilian was blessed by the skateboarding legend with the nickname Hada six years ago.

In the early hours of this Monday, Rayssa Leal entered the history of the Olympic Games. The 13-year-old skater won the silver medal in street skateboarding and became the youngest athlete in Brazilian history to win an Olympic medal.

The Brazilian has the nickname of ‘Fadinha’ (Fairy in Spanish), nickname she received when she was 7 years old and was “blessed” by none other than Tony Hawk, the greatest symbol in the history of skateboarding.

The nickname came up in September 2015 when Rayssa, who has always liked to skateboard, was trying one of the most difficult tricks in the sport. After many attempts, the Brazilian, then 7 years old, finally managed to get the maneuver right.

His friends recorded the moment and, unpretentious, shared it on the Internet. The carioca went viral for being dressed in a blue fairy costume and quickly took over social networks, to the point that the video reached Tony Hawk.

The American shared the video of the Brazilian on his Instagram account and gave him the “blessing.” Six years later, the two met again, this time in person, in the Olympic Games and Tony became a new fan of ‘Fadinha’.

“Six years ago he introduced me to the world of skateboarding by sharing my video dressed as a fairy, today he filmed me in the Olympic Games. All this is very amazing, I am living a dream, “the Brazilian posted on her social networks.


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