Letícia Bufoni facts for kids
- This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Bufoni and the second is Silva.
|Birth name||Letícia Bufoni e Silva|
|Born||April 13, 1993
São Paulo, Brazil
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||110 lb (50 kg)|
“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.
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.
- 2015 – 1st Place: Far'n High Women's Finals – Paris, France
- 2015 – 1st Place: Excellent Mystic Skate Cup Women's Street – Prague, Czech Republic
- 2015 – 1st Place: Street League Super Crown Women's Finals – Chicago, USA
- 2016 – 1st Place: Far'n' High Women's Finals – Paris, France – Paris, France
- 2016 – 1st Place: Mystic Sk8 Cup Women's Open – Prague, Czech Republic
- 2016 – 2nd Place: Street League Super Crown Women's Finals – Los Angeles, USA
- 2017 – 3rd Place: X Games Minneapolis Skateboard Street – Minneapolis, USA
- 2017 – 2nd Place: Street League Super Crown Women's Finals – Los Angeles, USA
- 2018 – 1st Place: X Games Norway Skateboard Street – Oslo, Norway
- 2018 – 2nd Place: World Cup of Skateboarding Street – Vigo, Spain
- 2018 – 2nd Place: X Games Skateboard Street – Sydney, Australia
- 2019 – 1st Place: X Games Skateboard Street – Shanghai, China
- 2019 – 2nd Place: Dew Tour – Long Beach, California, USA
- 2021 - 1st Place: X Games Skateboard Street - Vista, California, USA
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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