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Brazil Olympic skateboarding is tropical fairytale for girls


August 6, 2021

SAO CAETANO DO SUL, Brazil (AP) — No matter how much 9-year-old Brazilian Nicole Amaro pleaded with her dad to let her skateboard, Deivison wasn't swayed. He was afraid she'd get hurt, and held his ground.

Then, when things seemed hopeless, the impossible happened: Brazil was visited by a fairy.

Nicknamed Fadinha, or "Little Fairy" in Portuguese, 13-year-old Rayssa Leal became an overnight sensation after winning the silver medal in the Olympics's inaugural skateboarding competition. The board flips, slides and grinds of Brazil's youngest-ever medalist drew as much acclaim as her braces...

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