Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Dynamic Brazilian reveals all about her journey and passion for skateboarding.
Leticia Bufoni was recently named in a 2018 Forbes list as one of the most powerful women in sport, something the Brazilian is keen to build on looking to the future.
The 24-year-old is a two-time X Games skateboard street gold medallist, who has also gone on to compete against men in competitions like Red Bull Hart Lines.
Here is what she had to say about her trailblazing life:
How was growing up and competing in a male world?
At the beginning, my dad wasn’t so sure because he felt the scene was too masculine but I was determined to keep on skating, so he ended up accepting my decision. Same thing happened at the skateparks, in the competitions and with the public. At the beginning, everybody thought it was strange to see a girl among boys, but they got used to it. I got some success and that also helped.
Have you ever felt underappreciated for being a woman?
No, never, thank God. I was lucky because I started very early in the skate world, so I was accepted quite soon. Many friends encouraged me to continue and to learn new tricks.
You have come a long way, I suppose you have never paid much attention to gender discrimination. How did you do that? What did you think?
I’ve never wasted any time on those things. My mind was concentrated on skating. I just wanted to evolve, learn new tricks and have fun.
Do you feel free to do and say what you want?
Honestly, yes. I’ve always felt free. I’ve had the opportunity to express myself. I think that’s exactly why I ended up standing out.
Do you think that after you, men will respect women more in skateboarding?
I think so. At least that’s what they always tell me.
What would you say to a girl who wanted to start skating?
I would tell her to keep on skating. She shouldn’t be afraid of falling and if she did, she should get up and keep going. I would tell her to feel free skating, to be happy. And if someone tells her skating is no sport for women, that person should talk to Leticia Bufoni!
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