Young Skateboarder Mazel Alegado Enjoys Asian Games Stint
9-year-old skateboarder represent for Philippines Mazel Alegado enjoys her Asian Games stint saying it was “so fun”.
Mazel Paris Alegal, 9, brought inspiration after playing in Asian Games. She probably ought to have been in primary school, but instead she competed in skateboarding at the Asian Games on Monday.
Alegado, hailing from California and representing the Philippines, participated in skateboarding. Based on the article of ABS-CBN News, Alegado, believed to be the youngest athlete at the Hangzhou Games.
She managed to secure a spot in the “women’s” park final and finished in seventh place out of eight competitors. The gold medal in this event was won by Japan’s Hinano Kusaki, who, at 15 years old, was comparatively more experienced.
Alegado’s journey into skateboarding began when she observed her brother skateboarding at a cousin’s house. She expressed her interest by asking, “Can I try? Can I try?” and upon getting on the skateboard, she instantly fell in love with it.
Regarding her feelings about participating in a significant international competition, Alegado shared her excitement. She said, “I was so excited because I was about to skate the Asian Games — and I just did, so it was so fun!”
When asked if her brother still skateboards, she humorously replied, “No, because he thought, ‘Oh wow, she’s better than me now,’ so he stopped.” In the final competition, Alegado managed to avoid finishing last, leaving the wooden spoon to be claimed by 11-year-old Lin Yi-fan from Taiwan.
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