MOMIJI NISHIYA GOT NEXT

Following the tradition of the ‘Got Next‘ series, every so often BSTN Chronicles likes to give props to young prodigies who excelled at their craft at a young age. This week, 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya thrust herself into the spotlight by winning gold at the first ever Olympic skateboarding championship.

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I didn’t think I could win, but everyone cheered me on so I’m glad I was able to find my groove. I wasn’t too worried about getting a medal. It was like, it’d be nice if I can get one.

Momiji Nishiya via the South China Morning Post

However, Nishiya not only became the second-youngest gold medalist of all time. The performance that she and her fellow female skateboarders delivered during the game’s inaugural skateboarding competition will undoubtedly inspire countless other young girls and add further proof that skateboarding can be – and should be, in fact – for everyone.

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