At the tender age of 13, Rayssa Leal won the silver medal in Sktaboarding at the Olympics.
When she returned to her native Brazil, she made a strong statement.
Munich / Imperatriz - Small woman, big words - and big deeds!
Rayssa Leal won the silver medal * at the Olympic Games 2021 * at the first skateboard competition *. When the Brazilian returned to her home country, her appearance caused a sensation.
After arriving in the metropolis of São Paulo, on Wednesday, she did a few laps on the skateboard at the airport, but she canceled the planned celebration at the skateboard facility in her hometown in Imperatriz at short notice.
Olympia: 13-year-old skateboarding heroine calls for corona vaccination - and simply skips the celebration
But why is that?
It is not yet the right time for crowds, the 13-year-old said and instead called on the Brazilians to vaccinate in a video.
In addition, you should continue to wear protective masks and disinfect your hands.
Leal had won silver in the first women's skateboard competition in Tokyo behind Momiji Nishiya, who was also only 13 years old, and thus enchanted Brazil.
She is the youngest athlete in the history of the South American country to stand on the podium at the Olympic Games *.
Football legend Pelé also congratulated the teenager.
Video: Japan's 13-year-old Olympic gold winner
All of Brazil lies at the feet of the teen.
Leal was already on Brazilian TV at the age of seven.
Following her vaccination appeal, the young national heroine then drove through the city in an open fire truck.
One will surely like this action less. President Jair Bolsonaro has a rather casual approach to the corona pandemic, in some cases he denied the risk of a COVID-19 infection. Over 500,000 people have already died of the corona virus in Brazil, and in some cases the country in South America has 40,000 new cases per day.
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