Olympic medalist Raisa Leal in Skate Street won the opening stage title of the most important skate competition in the World Skate Street League (SLS) category this Saturday (28) in Salt Lake City, United States.
At just 13 years old, Maranho’s woman, who became known as “Fadinha”, was classified as Brazil’s representative alongside Pamela Rosa and, in the final maneuver, the highest grade in the history of the women’s competition, Created 8.5.
3 Overtaking Japanese Funa Nakayama in tenth, bronze in Tokyo, Raisa made a surprise comeback and claimed the title.
The win in Salt Lake City is Raisa’s second SLS title of her career. In 2019, she took first place on the stage of Los Angeles.
In the qualifying stage, in which Brazilians Leticia Bufoni and Marina Gabriella were eliminated, Raisa had already finished second with 17.7 points.
Pamela Rosa finished fourth and Dutch Russia Zwetzluot third with 19.6.
Among men, Calvin Höffler, silver in the same category in Tokyo, Felipe Gustavo and Philippe Mota competed in the final. Hofler was the Brazilian best-ranked in fourth place with 23.6 points. The winner was Portuguese Gustavo Ribeiro, who, like Raisa, had the day’s best score of 9.4 in the previous maneuver, and finished with a total of 27.6. Americans Nyja Huston and Alex Midler completed the podium.
The competition, the next leg of which will take place on 29 October in Miami, USA, has been in existence since 2010 and is the largest in the world in the road category.