Olympic Medalist Rayssa Leal Lands Skateboard Trick in Fairy Costume in 2015 Video

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 26, 2021

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Six years ago, Rayssa Leal was perfecting her heelflip.

Now she's an Olympic medalist.

The 13-year-old Brazilian won a silver medal at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo this week in the street competition. While she was narrowly defeated by another 13-year-old, Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, Leal became the talk of the Olympics after many shared a video of her doing a heelflip in a fairy costume. 

Tony Hawk @tonyhawk

I don't know anything about this but it's awesome: a fairytale heelflip in Brazil by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RayssaLeal?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RayssaLeal</a> (via <a href="https://twitter.com/oliverbarton?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@oliverbarton</a>) <a href="http://t.co/uZgshHYMMT">pic.twitter.com/uZgshHYMMT</a>

Olympics @Olympics

Updated: <a href="https://t.co/O6uAkppJrs">pic.twitter.com/O6uAkppJrs</a>

Skating great Tony Hawk originally shared the clip in 2015.

"Six years ago [Hawk] introduced me to the world of skateboarding by sharing my video wearing a fairy costume," Leal wrote in a gallery of photos of herself and Hawk on Saturday, via Karenna Meredith of PopSugar. "Today, he filmed me at the Olympics."


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