Rayssa Leal seeks to crown great moment at World Skateboarding Street

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Rayssa Leal seeks to crown great moment at World Skateboarding Street

Less than four months after the coronation of the first Olympic medalist skaters in history, the main names in the street sport are now fighting for an already traditional sport’s crown.

This Saturday (13) and Sunday (14), the city of Jacksonville (Florida) receives the Super Crown, the final stage of the Street League Skateboarding that is recognized as a world championship. SportTV broadcasts the competition.

The main athletes in the world participate in this circuit, created in 2010,. Three Brazilians have already won the Super Crown: Leticia Bufoni and Kelvin Hoefler, in 2015, and Pamela Rosa, in 2019. The three will be in action this weekend.

On the first day, from 12:00 pm (GMT), the participants will compete for four places in the womens decision and four more in the mens. Another four are already classified in each genre by the sum of the points obtained in the first two stages of the SLS, held in Salt Lake City and Lake Havasu.

Rayssa Leal won both, respectively in August and October, and leads the women’s race. As happened at the Tokyo Olympics, when the Brazilian was a silver medalist, her main competitors are Japanese. Momiji Nishiya (Games gold) and Funa Nakayama (bronze) are also guaranteed in the final, as is Dutchman Roos Zwetsloot.

At 13 years old, Rayssa has been increasingly prepared to appear at the top of the sport. She, who like the Japanese raised the level of her maneuvers after the Olympics, became the first skateboarder to win two consecutive stages of the SLS and could close a historic season with the conquest of the Super Crown.

In addition to talent, the teenager had the cold blood to overcome rivals in the decisive maneuver in both Salt Lake City and Lake Havasu. In the first one, Nakayama had a good advantage, but the Brazilian got an impressive 8.5 (highest in the history of the women’s competition) with her kickflip rockslide from the front to win.

In the most recent, Empress’s from Maranhão, who spent most of the final in first position, needed 5.7 to retake Nishiya’s lead, as the Japanese had just gotten an 8. Rayssa received 6.3 and won again .

Among the Brazilians who will seek a place in the final are also Olympians Pâmela Rosa and Leticia Bufoni, in addition to Marina Gabriela.

Gabriela Mazetto, who surprised her by advancing to the final in the last stage, right on her return to the tracks after the birth of her daughter, was unable to travel to the US because she has not completed two weeks of her second dose of vaccine against Covid-19.

In the men’s competition, Felipe Gustavo is already guaranteed in the final along with the Americans Nyjah Huston and Alex Midler and the Portuguese Gustavo Ribeiro.

Olympic silver medalist Kelvin Hoefler will still seek a place in the decision, as will five other representatives of the country: Lucas Rabelo, Carlos Ribeiro, Luan Oliveira, Tiago Lemos and Filipe Mota.

In SLS, skaters make a 45-second lap around the track and then have four attempts to perform specific maneuvers on any part of the track. The top three scores are added together to determine positions. In the decision, the top four placed at the end of the four attempts receive two more chances to improve their sum and dispute the podium.

Super Crown 2021

Street League Skateboarding final round will be played in Jacksonville (Florida)

Saturday (13)

12:00 Women’s Classification

3:30 pm Men’s Qualifier

Sunday (14)

14h Women’s Final

16h30 Men’s Final

Broadcast: SportTV and streetleague.com channels

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