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After winning the gold medal in the Park category of the tournament held in Argentina, the Chilean skater acknowledges that with the debut of the discipline in Tokyo “they have supported athletes more” although she clarifies that more local competitions are missing.

Tuesday June 21, 2022 9:50 a.m.

“It was to give my best, I hope to be on the podium and everything turned out well. I got used to the track well and came in first place, so I’m happy with this result.” With these words, the Olympic athlete, Josefina Tapia, refers to the gold medal obtained in the Park category of the South American Skate Championship.

The tournament, the first edition of these South American Games, was held in San Juan (Argentina) until last June 12 and included eight roller sports: downhill, inline hockey, roller hockey, inline freestyle, speed skating, figure skating, roller freestyle and skateboarding.

“Beyond the awards is the importance of saying that I was the South American champion” highlights the national athlete, who was also one of the participants younger in our delegation during Tokyo (2021). Besides, the first Chilean woman to compete considering the debut of the discipline in those Olympic Games in the Japanese capital.

What are your next steps? The qualifying tests from October 2 to 9 will be key. “The first competition that adds points for the next Olympic Games in Paris (2024) is coming and, it is one of the most important, because being the first in which I add the most points, I am preparing for that event in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). )” said Josefina Tapia.

But he also has his eyes on 2023 when Chile will host an important sporting event. “And other competitions that are already on the way for the Pan American Games that are going to take place in our country, so training hard for that,” he adds.

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Every June 21 is the world skate day or Skateboarding Day. It is a day of celebration for the numerous skaters, skaters or skateboarders worldwide.

“I think that skateboarding in Chile has taken a big step after the Olympic Games (in Tokyo) , has grown a lot and people have seen it differently” reflects the athlete. “Especially parents now looking at their children: Ah, it’s not just a street sport, it’s a sport as recognized as any other…. Before, they only thought that they were people who liked to go out on the street, skate, take drugs or were very frowned upon,” she lamented.

Now it has been taken in another way, he acknowledges that “they have supported athletes more and hopefully more competitions will be held because that is what we lack a little, to have more competitions in Chile.”

“June 21 is the day of skateboarding, every year there is a kick and we will be participating” he concludes.

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J. A. Allen

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