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A Pair Of 13-Year Olds Have Just Won Medals At The Tokyo Olympics

A Pair Of 13-Year Olds Have Just Won Medals At The Tokyo Olympics
By Gary Connaughton

What were you doing at 13-years old? It probably had something to do with teen discos, hitting puberty, or starting secondary school.

We can almost guarantee that it was not related to winning Olympic gold medals.

A number of new sports have become part of the Olympic games over the last few years, with golf and rugby 7s two of the sports added to the 2016 schedule.

We also have five new sports added for Tokyo. Baseball/softball, karate, sports climbing, and surfing are amongst those included.

So was skateboarding, with the IOC continuing their trend of including some more outside the box sports to the games.

Japan's Yuto Horigome took gold in the men's street final yesterday, but it was the medallists in the women's equivalent that will really catch your eye.

The Japanese took gold once again, but this time it came via 13-year old Momiji Nishiya. What's more, another 13-year old in Brazil's Rayssa Leal took silver. Bronze went to 16-year old Funa Nakayama of Japan.




Speaking after the event, American skater Mariah Duran said this result will encourage more female skaters in what has previously been a male dominated sport.

It's going to change the whole game. This is like opening at least one door to, you know, many skaters who are having the conversations with their parents, who want to start skating.

I'm not surprised if there's probably already like 500 girls getting a board today.

Incredible stuff.

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