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.
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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&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>
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."