The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are up and running with China and Japan leading the pack at 15 gold medals. USA trails shortly behind with 14 hoping to extend that lead within a few days. The newest sport added this year was skateboarding which is where 13-year-old Moniji Nishiya of Japan made her mark.
Nishiya made history this year being one of the youngest people to ever win a gold medal and now the youngest ever to win it in skateboarding with a 15.26. Also at 13 years old, Rayssa Leal from Brazil was not too far behind from taking the gold from Nishiya with a 14.64. Now, the two 13-year-olds are the youngest to receive a medal in both of their home countries. With skateboarding just starting up in the Olympics, it will not only be amazing to see the future of Nishiya and Leal but also to see if someone younger than these two will receive a medal. People anticipate that her actions at such a young age will inspire the sport to grow even more in the future. Nishiya’s teammate from Japan even said, “I want more rivals, which will make skating more fun” (Funa Nakayama). Young girls all over the world are training now to follow in her footsteps and take home the gold just like 13-year-old Moniji Nishiya.