Teen who went viral skateboarding in a dress wins Olympic silver

Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, 13, became the youngest Olympic medallist in 85 years.

Max McLean
Tuesday 27 July 2021 11:48
Brazil’s Rayssa Leal during the Women’s Street Prelims Heat 4 at the Ariake Urban Sports Park on the third day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Monday July 26, 2021.
Brazil’s Rayssa Leal during the Women’s Street Prelims Heat 4 at the Ariake Urban Sports Park on the third day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Monday July 26, 2021.

A 13-year-old who went viral skateboarding in a dress five years ago became the youngest Olympic medallist in 85 years on Monday.

Brazil’s Rayssa Leal finished second behind Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, also 13, in the women’s street skateboarding competition.

Leal grabbed the attention of thousands when she was much younger however, after a 2015 Instagram video of her performing a heel flip down some stairs was seen, liked and commented on by thousands.

The video showed Leal – wearing a blue dress – falling twice while attempting the move, before completing the trick to the delight of onlookers.

Almost five years later she fell just short of a gold medal in Tokyo at the Ariake Urban Sports Park as the sport made its Olympic debut.