15-Year-Old Phenom Brighton Zeuner on the Bright Future of Women's Skateboarding
At just 15, Brighton Zeuner might just be the new face of women's skateboarding. She started competing at the X Games at age 11. She won her first gold medal there the day after her 13th birthday, becoming the youngest champion in history. She defended her title the following year. With skateboarding poised to make its Olympic debut , Brighton is fighting for a spot at Tokyo 2020.
And sitting behind the scenes at the Vans Park Series World Championships in Salt Lake City, Brighton could remember, as young as she is, what the women's side of the sport used to be like. "When I first started getting into it, it was like there were no girls at the skate park," Brighton said. In the hollowed-out bowl behind her, some of the best men and women skaters in the world swooped over the concrete in a chaotic "Best Trick" contest that saw them bringing out their riskiest, most creative moves. But several years back, "The tricks, you couldn't even compare to what the girls were doing to the boys," Brighton said. "Now, you...
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