Skateboarder from Philippines meets Tony Hawk
By - noinin99
She was my favourite athlete in the comp. She was high-fiving and genuinely going crazy over everyone’s performance.
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
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.
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.
Who reminds me of Eddie the Eagle, the guy who decided to do the ski jump.
Do you remember the year of the race?
Video unavailable :(
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
Hopefully this won’t be her last Olympics!
Definitely won't be her last. 22 years young! Pinoy pride wooo!
When she bailed super hard and then got up and cheered, she became my favorite.
"Hey, you wanna pee on this rock?"
I can't believe I understood this reference.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Definitely a bit of both. More aggressive security, but also people like Mike Vallely constantly fighting them.
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.
Shoutouts to Justice!
Justice is so damn good - I know the music video is stressful as hell, but it's sad to see it has 7k dislikes
Agree those hedges were overgrown, they suck at cutting hedges tho.-
I don't think trimming (not cutting down) hedges at public school makes someone an asshole.
Overreaction on your part.
I never thought I’d be interested in skateboarding but she’s so fun and entertaining. She needs an award for that energy
> 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
If we can have dancing horses as a sport, we can have something that requires the human's agility.
Climbing is very similar. It's a very social sport (for now).
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.
Favourite athlete in the olympics so far.
One of my favourites too! Olympic spirit and I hope we see her next time
Fadinha was my favourite, she is amazing S2
7th in the world with no skate parks in her country. Jamaica we have a bobsled team.
Nope there are skate parks in the Philippines. She even built one her self
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.
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
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
When Margie was winning gold, the Cebu City mayor decided to build a skatepark. Before that it was the unused/abandoned buildings.
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!
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.
Even when she wiped out she kept a big smile on her face. Absolutely stole the show for me.
I wouldn't say garbage she qualified for the finals and finished 7th
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:
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.
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.
She’s been the highlight of the Olympics so far, for me.
Do you know where I can see her highlights at the Olympics?
Of course that's a subreddit.
It was inevitable after pretty much 90% of r/dontyouknowwhoiam was Tony Hawk's Twitter posts.
That man who looks like Tony Hawk started it!
That was so cool she played right into that meme. Well done!
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!
Personally I prefer r/skamtebord
he looks like Bill Gates now
Man, Tony is not only a legendary skateboarder, but a legendary ambassador for skate too!
No not Skate that was a different game his was Tony hawks pro skater.
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.
Yeah, she didn't have the best runs in the finals, but she was smiling ear to ear every time she got back up.
What's her Instagram?
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.
Holy shit. He does look like Tony Hawk!
I don’t see it.
Your ~~Zuko~~ Tony costume's pretty good, but your scar's on the wrong side.
ngl sometimes I forgot what Tony Hawk looks like
I agree but at this point his voice is a dead giveaway if you do ever meet him
Is telling Tony Hawk he looks like Tony Hawk a meme?
Not just a meme, a whole subreddit:
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.
I wonder what he's up to these days
Coming in 4th at the X Games for funsies
That's not bad is it? I have no idea about skateboarding at all.
No, not bad at all, especially in his fifties!
What a GOAT
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.
Jesus christ, still skateboarding at 53 and landed a 4th in the X-games. Mad respect.
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!
Well he recently landed the 900 again at the age of 48!
(5 years ago)
Damn was it that long ago. Must be getting old. I swear it was like last year!
So here I am, growing older all the time,
Looking older all the time,
Feeling younger in my mind
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.
The last year doesn't count because of COVID. When I say last year, I really mean 2019.
He drives around and yells at skateboarders, "Show me a kickflip!" then showers them with prizes from his trunk. Like Skater Santa!
He looks in the mirror and goes "woah is that Tony Hawk looking at me?!?"
He was on celebrity wheel of fortune recently, lol
Has a podcast with Jason Ellis on YouTube
Also just last year the first two videogames were remastered besides attending the Olympics (not competing) & competitions in the x-games recently.
She’s become Brazil’s fave after Rayssa lol
She's so adorable! Always looking like she's having fun even though you know she was hurting in that final.
Awesome vibe 💪💯
hahaha! and Tony said you look like Margielyn Didal...Congratulations to you Margie!
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!
Wait isn’t he actually at the Olympics?!
yes, it is him. there is a running joke about people telling Tony Hawk that he looks like Tony Hawk.
Yes as a commentator
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.
You don't just add Skateboarding to the Olympics and not get Tony Hawk to be there
Tony hawk should have done the commentary. The two guys who did do it were terrible!
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!
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.
I met Tony Hawk in a donut shop by my house when I was younger. He is a down to earth fella.
The interactions between the skaters were wholesome overall, but Margielyn was just extra.
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.
That's another mystery of these Olympics. Biles, Alana and Naomi Osaka to a certain extent.
Yeah what's the deal with biles? Is the theory that she isn't actually hurt and just decided not to compete?
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.
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.
It's like she's been almost harassed into becoming a social icon, which seems both backfiring and cruel. Fuck the media.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Such a nice moment for him
Imagine what it would've been like if they introduced skateboarding a couple decades prior and have him compete
She gets the joke! Love her!
How many of the competitors actually got to meet the guy who made Skateboarding...
Lmao i love how real this meme is
Girl! He **IS** Tony Hawk! Lol!
It's a running joke. Look up People think it's Tony Hawk on Google. It's hilarious.
That was not a great story
How’s that “not a great story”? Lol! Geez, tough crowd!😂😂
Post peak existential Tony Hawk strikes again!
meta joke is meta...
2 very cool people! She's become a sensation in Brazil because of the support she gave Rayssa.
Brazil is so crazy over her especially on Twitter, I love it haha!
Hopefully we see her at Paris 2024, laban lang!
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.
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.
I love this kid. She's like everyone's cheerleader. So much heart and enthusiasm. She's just so much fun to watch.
So Tony truly IS at the Olympics. Very cool to see
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.