Leticia Bufoni, a skateboarder from Brazil, has been skating competitively since she was 10 years old. In 2021, she will compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and she hopes to establish a name for herself there.
L. Bufoni Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Skateboarder From Brazil
L. Bufoni learned to skate after watching her classmates do it while growing up in Sao Paulo. She stopped caring about what happened before.
Not that things were a breeze in the beginning. L. Bufoni practised alone because her buddies lost interest in the sport. In an effort to discourage her skating, her father cut her first board in half with a power saw.
“When I first got into skateboarding,” Bufoni recalled, “my dad didn’t like it at all. He thought it was exclusively for males, not girls.”
When his daughter was 14 years old, dad finally came around and took her to the X Games. Skateboarding “became his life after he came to my first contest,” Bufoni explains.
L. Bufoni, whose fame has spread outside the skateboarding community thanks to her achievements in the sport, first had to convince her father of the sport’s potential for women.
L. Bufoni Winner of Five Gold Medals
L. Bufoni, winner of five gold medals at the X Games, has lived an incredibly motivational life. She started skateboarding when she was nine years old and says of her early years that “in her area, she was the lone girl skating with all the guys.”
Sao Paulo is today a mecca for Brazilian skateboarding, but when she was a kid, her father forbade her from ever skating again because she was the only girl among 10 boys. But after she won her first competition, he saw how much she enjoyed playing and how talented she was.
L. Bufoni has rapidly risen to prominence as one of the world’s most well-known and powerful action sports stars.
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World Cup of Skateboarding named L. Bufoni their number one female street skateboarder for four consecutive years (2010–2013), and she holds the record for the “Most Wins of the World Cup of Skateboarding” in The Guinness Book of World Records (2017). received an ESPY Award nomination for Best Female Action Sports Athlete in 2013.