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Skateboarder Rayssa Leal, 13, and both Olympic gold medalists are committed to Utah Street League contest

Twelve of the 16 Olympic finalists, plus legends like Nyjah Huston and Paul Rodriguez, will compete at Utah State Fairpark in August

(Ben Curtis | AP) Rayssa Leal of Brazil competes in the women's street skateboarding finals at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo. She next will compete at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City in a Street League Skateboarding Championship Tour qualifier on Aug. 27-28.

In the 48 hours after she snagged the silver medal in the first women’s skateboarding competition held in the Olympics Sunday night, 13-year-old Brazilian sensation Rayssa Leal has added more than 4.5 million Instagram followers.

So, you could say she draws a crowd.

And the next crowd she’ll draw will be at none other than Salt Lake City’s own Utah State Fairpark.

Leal, who first gained fame as a 7-year-old performing a heelflip in a princess dress, will compete there in a Street League Skateboarding Championship Tour event on Aug. 27-28, the SLS confirmed. And she’s not the only draw. All three girls who won Olympic medals in street skate — the other two being 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama, both of Japan — will be in the lineup.

Two of the three men’s medalists also have been confirmed: gold medalist Yuto Horigome of Japan and silver medalist Kelvin Hoefler of Brazil.

While bronze medalist Jagger Eaton hasn’t committed to competing in Salt Lake, Nyjah Huston has. Huston has been dominant on the SLS — the NBA of skateboarding — winning six straight titles, including the most recent one in 2019. He placed seventh at the Olympics and later said he struggled with the pressure to represent the United States. He’ll have a chance to find his groove again while competing on a new course that will become a permanent fixture next to the Vans Skatepark at the fairgrounds.

(Ben Curtis | AP) Nyjah Huston of the United States reacts after competing in the men's street skateboarding at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo. Huston has committed to competing at the Utah State Fairpark on Aug. 27-28 in a Street League Skateboarding Word Tour qualifier.

In total, 12 of the 16 Olympic finalists — six men and six women — will be competing. The contest will also feature numerous hungry athletes who didn’t make the Olympic cut, like recently crowned X Games champion Dashawn Jordan, and a couple of legends. Among them are Paul Rodriguez and Shane O’Neill.

“We celebrate the historic performances of Yuto Horigome and Momiji Nishiya along with all of the SLS Pros who represented their countries and the sport in Tokyo this past weekend,” Joe Carr, the CEO of SLS’s parent company, Thrill One Sports, said in a news release. “SLS paved the way for street skateboarding’s Olympic debut, creating the format and a platform to take the sport to new heights. After a successful showcase on the world stage, we can’t wait for the best skaters on the planet to return to SLS and entertain fans from coast to coast on the Championship Tour this fall.”

The Salt Lake City event will be followed by another event in Miami on Oct. 29-30 and the super championship in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 13-14.

With the inaugural Tony Hawk’s Vert Alert scheduled to be held in the rodeo venue at the same time, Salt Lake City will become a temporary Mecca for the sport. Hawk is expected to participate in a “Legends Demo” the evening of Aug. 26.

Both events are free to the public, though VIP tickets for the street contest are available at Streetleague.com/tickets.

Clarification • July 28, 1:50 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect that the Salt Lake City and Miami events are main tour events and not qualifiers.

SLS CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR ATHLETES

WOMEN

Samarria Brevard, USA

Leticia Bufoni, BRA

Fabiana Delfino, USA

Margielyn Didal, PHL

Mariah Duran, USA

Candy Jacobs, NLD

Rayssa Leal, BRA

Gabriella Mazetto, BRA

Funa Nakayama, JPN

Aori Nishimura, JPN

Momiji Nishiya, JPN

Keet Oldenbeuving, NLD

Pamela Rosa, BRA

Kate Shengeliya, RUS

Alana Smith, USA

Jenn Soto, USA

Hayley Wilson, AUS

Roos Zwetsloot, NLD

MEN

Matt Berger, CAN

Ryan Decenzo, CAN

Jamie Foy, USA

Tommy Fynn, AUS

Aurelien Giraud, FRA

Felipe Gustavo, BRA

Kelvin Hoefler, BRA

Yuto Horigome, JPN

Nyjah Huston, USA

Dashawn Jordan, USA

Chris Joslin, USA

Tiago Lemos, BRA

Louie Lopez, USA

Sean Malto, USA

Trent McClung, USA

Alex Midler, USA

Vincent Milou, FRA

Luan Oliveira, BRA

Shane O’Neill, AUS

Torey Pudwill, USA

Carlos Ribeiro, BRA

Gustavo Ribeiro, POR

Paul Rodriguez, USA

Manny Santiago, PUR

Mark Suciu, USA

Ishod Wair, USA

Zion Wright, USA


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