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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Bufoni and the second is Silva.
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Letícia Bufoni e Silva
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Birth name Letícia Bufoni e Silva
Born April 13, 1993 (1993-04-13) (age 28)
São Paulo, Brazil
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg)
Sport
Country  Brazil
Sport Skateboarding

Letícia Bufoni e Silva (born April 13, 1993) is a Brazilian professional street skateboarder. She is a six-time X Games gold medalist. She has 3.4 million fans across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Currently Bufoni is preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where Skateboarding will be part of the Games for the first time.

Early life

Bufoni was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She began skating at age 9 and her grandmother bought her first skateboard when she was 11.

“I grew up in the street playing sports all the time. We didn’t have computers, no smart phones. All of the kids started skating so I did too.”

“My dad broke my board so I wouldn't skate anymore. I started when I was 9 years old; I was skating with all the guys in my neighborhood, and he was mad at me because I was the only girl in the middle of 10 guys. He smashed my board in front of me and said; You're not skating anymore, ever again.” Bufoni remembers. Her father eventually relented.

She attended Hollywood High School, but left after missing so much school that she was in danger of being expelled.

Career

Bufoni was 14 when she went to Southern California to compete in the X Games.

She is a five-time X Games gold medalist. She tied Elissa Steamer's decade-old record for most gold in Women's SKB Street with her win at XG Shanghai 2019. Overall she earned six straight medals in X Games Women's SKB Street (2010–2014) as well as the title at Shanghai 2019.

She has become one of the best-known and most influential action sports athletes in the world. Bufoni was ranked the #1 women’s street skateboarder by World Cup of Skateboarding four years in a row 2010–2013 and appeared in The Guinness Book of World Records (2017) for the "Most Wins Of The World Cup of Skateboarding. In 2013, was nominated for an ESPY Award – Best Female Action Sports Athlete.

In 2015, she won the first Street League Skateboarding Women’s SLS Super Crown World Championship in Chicago, IL. She also appeared in the ESPN Magazine – The Body Issue. She was also the first female skater to sign for Nike SB in 2015.

In 2018, Forbes named Bufoni one of The Most Powerful Women In International Sports for 2018 (#25) and made Sports Pro Media's list for The World’s Most Marketable Athletes for 2018 (#41). Further in 2018, she was named to the Forbes Brazil "Under 30" list. She has 3.4 million followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Bufoni is the official athlete representative for World Skate, the International Olympic Committee-recognized governing body for Skateboarding.

On April 7, 2021, Bufoni became a citizen of the United States.

Competitions

Awards

Nickelodeon 2016 Kids' Choice Sports – Queen Of Swag
Cartoon Network 2014 Hall of Game Awards – She Got Game

Video game appearances

Bufoni is a playable character in the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5.

She is also in the new game, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2, a remastered and updated version of the original Pro Skater games, which has an updated roster of playable skaters.

Music video appearances

Bufoni plays a featured role in the music video for Snapback by Old Dominion.

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