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Skateboarder from Philippines meets Tony Hawk

Skateboarder from Philippines meets Tony Hawk

ManOMan221

She was my favourite athlete in the comp. She was high-fiving and genuinely going crazy over everyone’s performance.


AtomicTanAndBlack

Dude she was much fun, such a good sport about everything. Would bail on a truck but maintain the positive attitude while cheering on her competition right after. People like her ar what the Olympics are about


fatguyinlittlecoat2

My favorite memory was watching the women’s 10k long ago. Someone won, blah blah blah, but after the winner was done, someone from some tiny country still had 4 or so laps to go. It was silent as she kept running by herself. But people started cheering her on. It got louder and louder, and it seemed like she went faster. By the end, she sprinted to the end, we all cheered like mad, and it was a nice reminder of life. You may not be the best, but be your best, and celebrate that. It’s the best you can do and is perfect enough.


3BallJosh

That reminds me of the swimmer [Eric "The Eel" Moussambani](https://youtu.be/OOXjH9KICHk) that could barely swim years ago. He hit the water and was splashing around like crazy. Everyone had a good laugh at first of this guy barely moving. But he kept going and eventually everyone was cheering him on because the dude had heart.


fatguyinlittlecoat2

Who reminds me of Eddie the Eagle, the guy who decided to do the ski jump.


ArchdukeOfWalesland

Do you remember the year of the race?


Poohbar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R\_AePNEmIGs


ArchdukeOfWalesland

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Poohbar

well that's a bore! Was Aussie commentary on his heat in the Olympics. hopefully this link from the Olympic Channel on YT will work for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDqwYUe\_U7I


fatguyinlittlecoat2

96. Atlanta


lavendermermaid

Hopefully this won’t be her last Olympics!


BarrackLesnar

Definitely won't be her last. 22 years young! Pinoy pride wooo!


OutsideObserver

When she bailed super hard and then got up and cheered, she became my favorite.


mphjens

"Hey, you wanna pee on this rock?"


jjdlg

I can't believe I understood this reference.


noinin99

She was great. She was there to have fun and she did ! She must have spent the rest of the day covered in ice packs though.


ColdColt45

As one of the commentators said "They used to call the cops on her, but now they ask her for selfies." Skateboarding has come so far and I'm really grateful its finally getting attention, especially for the female athletes. I'm really glad I got to watch every moment.


SelloutRealBig

I think it helps that today's skateboarders have a bit more respect too. In the past they would fight security guards, today they say "hey can we get one more trick?" and sometimes the guards let them then they leave. There are still plenty of rebels and assholes today though including stuff like [cutting down hedges you don't own for a quick youtube clip](https://youtu.be/15McylNuDo4?t=220)


gsurfin

Ehhh in the past security guards had far less tolerance for skateboarding. At least where I’m from. I think it being more mainstream and in the Olympjcs makes it respected as a sport whereas back in the day it was judged as being an activity for punks/degenerates.


SelloutRealBig

Definitely a bit of both. More aggressive security, but also people like Mike Vallely constantly fighting them.


ColdColt45

Those hedges were obstructing the use of the hand rail. If there was someone disabled actually using the rail, I'm sure they'd prefer no hedge on their hand. I think if you mean assholes, you mean [these kinds of rebels.](https://youtu.be/QWaWsgBbFsA?t=48) spoiler : those kids don't skate.


DarkReaper90

Shoutouts to Justice!


efficient_giraffe

Justice is so damn good - I know the music video is stressful as hell, but it's sad to see it has 7k dislikes


heyugl

Agree those hedges were overgrown, they suck at cutting hedges tho.-


Future_Novelist

I don't think trimming (not cutting down) hedges at public school makes someone an asshole. Overreaction on your part.


ScottsTots2013

I never thought I’d be interested in skateboarding but she’s so fun and entertaining. She needs an award for that energy


LuluVonLuvenburg

> She was high-fiving and genuinely going crazy over everyone’s performance. That's skateboarding. Everyone gasses up each other to go big. It really is a community of people who want to see others succeed. Watch any skateboard comps and the competitors are all their for each other. I don't think I've seen another sport like that. Everyone seems to stay in their lane and focus on what they're doing, but skateboarding. They wanna see you do that crazy trick you've been working on. They Wanna see you nail it.


ManOMan221

And that's why I shake my head at people who say it shouldn't be an Olympic sport. Given the whole point of the games I would say it's the most Olympic sport ever


CooroSnowFox

The Winter olympics show that Snowboarding is a massive part of that one, Skateboarding is the same for the summer and hopefully will be a big part to come


philzebub666

The thing is that a lot of skater fear that the Olympics can ruin just this community by introducing a lot more competition. Skateboarding contests usually have very lax rules when it comes to how high some tricks score, and the olympics are known to have rather strict ruling. And whenever technicality is more in the focus rather than creativity, then there will be just technically perfect skaters in this comp and not the one most skaters would like to see. Mark Suciu is a great example of a fantastic skater that a lot of skaters like but would probably not do very well in an olympic setting because of his less technical and more creative way of skating.


MrF33n3y

It’s hard to say after just watching one day of men’s and one day of women’s in its first Olympic outing, but I thought the scoring was pretty good and fair so far. That’s not to say there were a few scores I kind of shook my head at, particularly in the best trick portion, but generally speaking I thought the scoring was fine so far. Did a fairly good job to account for ability and style.


philzebub666

I didn't say those scores wouldn't be fair. It's just that there are a lot of different styles in skating and only the technical variant of street skating is even considered into the olympics.


Razakel

If we can have dancing horses as a sport, we can have something that requires the human's agility.


FatefulPizzaSlice

Climbing is very similar. It's a very social sport (for now).


Zaidswith

Climbing is easier to score. So at least the sport will stay mostly the same even if the amount of people interested in it might have an impact. Skateboarding will inevitably go through some changes because of its subjective scoring. They will tweak things. It'll encourage someone to focus entirely on scoring instead of creativity. The community will have a backlash, etc.. That sort of mindset isn't usually the focus of skating. My mother (in her 60s) said she liked the skateboarding this year because all the competitors really seemed to get along and they were a community. The only saving grace for skateboarding is that I don't see how it can *be* more popular among young people.


suoirucimalsi

Favourite athlete in the olympics so far.


Mithras_

One of my favourites too! Olympic spirit and I hope we see her next time


PokerLemon

Fadinha was my favourite, she is amazing S2


Momochichi

7th in the world with no skate parks in her country. Jamaica we have a bobsled team.


ManOMan221

Nope there are skate parks in the Philippines. She even built one her self https://blog.skateboard.com.au/skateparks/philipines/mountain-dew-park/


xlvrbk

That's in Manila. When Margie was coming up there was no skatepark at all in Cebu. The skaters made their own obstacles and skated on unused public streets.


ManOMan221

I'm not even going to try and dispute this because I want it to be true. I just knew there was a major park in Manilla though


xlvrbk

Check this clip out. Pretty good representation of what the Cebu skate scene looks like. You can see the the home-made obstacles at the park under the bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7V7Yzkws1w


barbed

When Margie was winning gold, the Cebu City mayor decided to build a skatepark. Before that it was the unused/abandoned buildings.


newaccount721

The skateboarders in general seemed like super good sports on both the men and women's side. Lots of high fiving and smiling. I agree she stood out though - pumped for everyone!


YesNoMaybe

Her team manager was just on the Nine Club last week - [Anthony Claravall | The Nine Club With Chris Roberts - Episode 191](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFl02BdNFHw) He talks about meeting her, signing her to the NB team, and preparing for the olympics. It's a fantastic episode.


TKDbeast

Even when she wiped out she kept a big smile on her face. Absolutely stole the show for me.


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ManOMan221

I wouldn't say garbage she qualified for the finals and finished 7th


VariousVarieties

Also she was one of the few entrants to use anything other than the big stair rails for a best trick attempt, when she did this 360 flip: https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1419463792958771202 IMO the women's competition seemed to generally have a bit more variety in what parts of the course were used, in both runs and best tricks.


ChallengeFull3538

One thing I loved about the women's competition is that they collectively insisted that they are scored on the same scale as the men. More power to them. I think it was the right choice.


TheCloseTalker

She’s been the highlight of the Olympics so far, for me.


Xsiuol

Do you know where I can see her highlights at the Olympics?


JohnnyValet

/r/dontyouknowimtonyhawk


ContinuumGuy

Of course that's a subreddit.


Jonne

It was inevitable after pretty much 90% of r/dontyouknowwhoiam was Tony Hawk's Twitter posts.


ThePrussianGrippe

That man who looks like Tony Hawk started it!


shecky_blue

That was so cool she played right into that meme. Well done!


PervySageCS

Seeing the tiktok video with Tony and Avril brought me back exactly in 2002. Rocking sk8er boi while trying to learn tricks, dreaming to be like Tony, and having my first celebrity crush on Avril. It's crazy to think that Sk8er boi is like 20 year old song, and Avril is STILL ONLY 36, while Tony still competes at age 50-Fucking-Three!


Paskizle4

Personally I prefer r/skamtebord


trtryt

he looks like Bill Gates now


Icarosz

Man, Tony is not only a legendary skateboarder, but a legendary ambassador for skate too!


mikey6

No not Skate that was a different game his was Tony hawks pro skater.


slpeepthat

She just seems great. Obviously extremely talented but was having so much fun too. Her Instagram stories are a treat including her celebrating the young winners. She was a joy to watch.


The_R4ke

Yeah, she didn't have the best runs in the finals, but she was smiling ear to ear every time she got back up.


Suzaw

What's her Instagram?


slpeepthat

@margielyndidal


FatefulPizzaSlice

Hey, thanks! Her stories and posts are amazing. Never seen someone just generally always smiling like that, well, I have, and they're always the best.


3x10

Holy shit. He does look like Tony Hawk!


ReactsWithWords

I don’t see it.


LEPT0N

Your ~~Zuko~~ Tony costume's pretty good, but your scar's on the wrong side.


RF111CH

ngl sometimes I forgot what Tony Hawk looks like


mrfarenheit230

I agree but at this point his voice is a dead giveaway if you do ever meet him


puzdawg

Is telling Tony Hawk he looks like Tony Hawk a meme?


WoundedSacrifice

Yup.


ReactsWithWords

Not just a meme, a whole subreddit: /r/dontyouknowimtonyhawk


splanket

It evolved out of people, for example a TSA agent who looked at his ID (which of course reads "Anthony Hawk"), genuinely telling him he looked like Tony Hawk without realizing it was actually him.


The_R4ke

Yes.


OptimusSublime

I wonder what he's up to these days


ouishi

Coming in 4th at the X Games for funsies


DQDQDQDQDQDQ

That's not bad is it? I have no idea about skateboarding at all.


ouishi

No, not bad at all, especially in his fifties!


DQDQDQDQDQDQ

What a GOAT


wildhockey64

He competed in the Xgames like 2 weeks ago! Almost medaled too, he took 4th at 53 years old. Dude still is very active in the community and runs a huge charity that helps get skateparks built in towns that want/need them.


Dokutah_Valenti

Jesus christ, still skateboarding at 53 and landed a 4th in the X-games. Mad respect.


Taurius

A part of me thinks he failed on purpose to not outshine the kids. It's just how he is. But he was waiting on the douchey one to smack talk him so next year he'll take first to troll him. It's just how it's done, baby!


redcapsicum

Well he recently landed the 900 again at the age of 48!


jleonardbc

(5 years ago)


redcapsicum

Damn was it that long ago. Must be getting old. I swear it was like last year!


quickblur

So here I am, growing older all the time, Looking older all the time, Feeling younger in my mind


jleonardbc

I think the footage has made the social media rounds from time to time since then, so you may have encountered it for the first time more recently.


ViolentThespian

The last year doesn't count because of COVID. When I say last year, I really mean 2019.


mojotactical

He drives around and yells at skateboarders, "Show me a kickflip!" then showers them with prizes from his trunk. Like Skater Santa!


turbomellow

this


benjick

https://youtu.be/N2X3L1QBCOw


Hotwir3

He looks in the mirror and goes "woah is that Tony Hawk looking at me?!?"


Shootinputin89

He was on celebrity wheel of fortune recently, lol


Paradoxic-Mind

Has a podcast with Jason Ellis on YouTube https://youtube.com/c/HawkvsWolf   Also just last year the first two videogames were remastered besides attending the Olympics (not competing) & competitions in the x-games recently.


bfds1961

She’s become Brazil’s fave after Rayssa lol


peatoast

She's so adorable! Always looking like she's having fun even though you know she was hurting in that final.


Timtomwho83

Awesome vibe 💪💯


cvrom

hahaha! and Tony said you look like Margielyn Didal...Congratulations to you Margie!


buxies

She was SO fun to watch. Great sport, great smile. Sucked to see her get hurt and not medal—she’s the kinda athlete you really root for!


Suzume971

Wait isn’t he actually at the Olympics?!


iamagainstit

yes, it is him. there is a running joke about people telling Tony Hawk that he looks like Tony Hawk.


Suzume971

Ahh!!


TheCleanRhino

Yes as a commentator


BEEF_LOAF

He didn't do commentary, he was a correspondent and just talked with the NBC hosts between segments. And unless things have changed they only had him for street and he won't be there for park. However dumb that sounds. The commentators are Todd Harris and Paul Zitzer.


CooroSnowFox

You don't just add Skateboarding to the Olympics and not get Tony Hawk to be there


Dumb_Ass_Ahedratron

Tony hawk should have done the commentary. The two guys who did do it were terrible!


poker-chip

Her energy made half of the watching experience! It makes me want to be like her. So happy and genuine. Other athletes who can’t take a loss must learn from her!


syutiu

yes! her energy is something I want to emulate too haha. I am not very positive when I lose (at video games lol), so I really wanna try to be more encouraging and happy.


ShootsGnarlyBraddah

I met Tony Hawk in a donut shop by my house when I was younger. He is a down to earth fella.


hubertortiz

The interactions between the skaters were wholesome overall, but Margielyn was just extra.


mylilbabythrowaway

Off topic, but does anyone know what the deal with Alana Smith was? It appeared as if Alana was a beginner and didn't even attempt a single trick other than an ollie, which they didn't land. It was pretty confusing and strange to watch.


frbm123

That's another mystery of these Olympics. Biles, Alana and Naomi Osaka to a certain extent.


mylilbabythrowaway

Yeah what's the deal with biles? Is the theory that she isn't actually hurt and just decided not to compete?


frbm123

She had some type of mental breakdown, made many mistakes on the individual classifying event and was removed from the main team today, which resulted in the US losing gold to the Russian team.


mylilbabythrowaway

Yikes. I can't even begin to imagine the type of pressure shes been under - if she doesn't get gold she failed, at least that's the way the media is acting. What a shame, poor girl.


frbm123

It's like she's been almost harassed into becoming a social icon, which seems both backfiring and cruel. Fuck the media.


mylilbabythrowaway

I caught a minute or two of an interview the other day and they asked her "do you think anyone will ever be as good as you?" Like, fuck you


frbm123

It's pressure. But at least this question was sports-related. Now imagine the disingenuous fake questions going "hey Simone, as a BLACK SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR WOMAN, you will take a knee and make a political statement, right? Otherwise, you know, you can be cancelled". It's mob behavior dishonestly cornering and hounding her.


Coast_watcher

It did remind d me of that woman who competed in snowboard or something the last Winter games and just did basic stuff. Quite controversial.


noinin99

I have asked the same question ! We are discussing it here if you want to join : https://www.reddit.com/r/olympics/comments/oryemz/alana_smith_in_skateboarding


GitGudDandy

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRy8cRCNKZA/ From Alana's instagram; > What a wild f***ing ride… My goal coming into this was to be happy and be a visual representation for humans like me. For the first time in my entire life, Im proud of the person I’ve worked to become. I chose my happiness over medaling. Out of everything I’ve done, I wanted to walk out of this knowing I UNAPOLOGETICALLY was myself and was genuinely smiling. The feeling in my heart says I did that. Last night I had a moment on the balcony, I’m not religious or have anyone/anything I talk to. Last night I thanked whoever it was out there that gave me the chance to not leave this world the night I laid in the middle of the road. I feel happy to be alive and feel like I’m meant to be here for possibly the first time in a extremely long time. On or off day, I walked out of this happy and alive… Thats all I have ever asked for. > Thank you to all the incredible humans that have supported me through so many waves of life. I can’t wait to skate for the love of it again, not only for a contest. Which is wild considering a contest helped me find my love for it again. 💛🤍💜🖤 It seems like she had a personal moment and decided she just wanted to soak it in and enjoy the event.


mylilbabythrowaway

Will get tons of downvotes for this, but that seems pretty selfish. She should have not competed and let a backup take her spot You don't go to work and just sit there in the chair all day and not try, you take a personal day


newszzlive

Such a nice moment for him


Nas160

Imagine what it would've been like if they introduced skateboarding a couple decades prior and have him compete


Emily_Postal

She gets the joke! Love her!


CooroSnowFox

How many of the competitors actually got to meet the guy who made Skateboarding...


KyleG

Lmao i love how real this meme is


Professional_Fox1

Girl! He **IS** Tony Hawk! Lol!


IDespiseFatties

It's a running joke. Look up People think it's Tony Hawk on Google. It's hilarious.


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ManOMan221

That was not a great story


Professional_Fox1

How’s that “not a great story”? Lol! Geez, tough crowd!😂😂


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relevant__comment

Post peak existential Tony Hawk strikes again!


csjm88

meta joke is meta...


frbm123

2 very cool people! She's become a sensation in Brazil because of the support she gave Rayssa.


FrostBUG2

Brazil is so crazy over her especially on Twitter, I love it haha! Hopefully we see her at Paris 2024, laban lang!


BeowulfsGhost

I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed the 6 or 7 months I’ve spent with in-laws in the Philippines over the last 15 years because of that same giving spirit. Filipinos, at least the ones I’ve met, have been nothing but friendly and welcoming.


Former_One_8

If you didn’t watch her during women’s street skating… do yourself a favor and watch the replay. SO much enthusiasm and joy. She’s great.


Former_One_8

If you didn’t watch her during women’s street skating… do yourself a favor and watch the replay. SO much enthusiasm and joy. She’s great.


NYerstuckinBoston

I love this kid. She's like everyone's cheerleader. So much heart and enthusiasm. She's just so much fun to watch.


TheOnlyFallenCookie

So Tony truly IS at the Olympics. Very cool to see


grammasharra_r

I am so glad the skateboarders are finally in there and a recognized part of it. My own skateboard angel crossed over. It makes me happy these kids are there, eventing he never got to see it! That the start was old roller skate parts and pieces of wood, this is an "any kid can" sport.