CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN — Crown Heights homeowner Alexis Sablone came close to winning a medal in the Olympics’ very first street skateboarding competitors, putting 4th in Sunday’s occasion.
In her Olympic launching, Sablone, 34, made a rating of 13.57 – less than a point behind the bronze winner, Funa Nakayama of Japan, who was granted a 14.49.
Sablone informed INDIVIDUALS that she “can’t really believe” it which “part of it just feels like another contest.”
“Like, I’ve been here, I’ve seen these people – we’ve skated together before, and then there’s that part of my brain, like going crazy, thinking like ‘This is history, this is the first Olympics,'” Sablone informed INDIVIDUALS. “I can’t believe I’m here. … It feels historic, everything just kind of feels like the stakes are higher and I can’t really believe I’m here.”
Sablone, a local of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, started skateboarding competitively at age 12, INDIVIDUALS reported. She went professional in 2018.
Since then, she’s made 7 X Games medals – 3 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze – and took 2nd location at the U.S.A. Skateboarding National Championships, according to the New York Post.
Outside of skateboarding, Sablone works as a designer and visual artist, the New York Post reported. She is a graduate of Barnard College and holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.