Margielyn Didal hopes skateboarding reputation changes after Olympics debut

Philippines’ Margielyn Arda Didal competes in the women’s street preliminary round during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Sports Park Skateboarding in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Jeff PACHOUD / AFP)

While she became a social media darling in Brazil, her influence in her own country of the Philippines could be the start of a new sporting revolution.

MANILA, Philippines—Margielyn Didal’s debut in the Olympics may not have produced a medal but her impact outside of Tokyo was surely felt.

Didal hopes that skateboarding’s debut in the Tokyo Olympics could lead to Filipino children taking up the sport and the society looking at it in a different light.

“The skate scene in the Philippines is really big already but I can’t really tell how big it is because skateboarding as a sport is kind of new,” said Didal in a virtual press conference. “I’ve been a skateboarder for nine, 10 years already and it’s grown big.”

“It’s already big but I know it’ll get bigger because they included skateboarding in the Olympics.”

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