Meet the Olympians: Pamela Rosa (Brazil)

January 29, 2020 4 min read

The Female Skater Everyone Looks Up To

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will include skateboarding. There will be 20 skaters in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying contests leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. 

Currently at the top of the leaderboards in Women’s Street is Pamela Rosa. Of course, with the second qualifying season still underway, that could still change. But, being that she’s in the lead, there’s a very high chance that she will be competing in the Olympics.

But, who is Pamela Rosa? What’s her style? What’s her background? In this post, we’ll take a look at Pamela Rosa’s amazing skateboarding career and what she’s up to. She has to be #1 in the world for some reason, so let’s find out why.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Pamela Rosa?

Pamela Rosa is a professional street skateboarder, representing Brazil in the Olympics. She was born on July 19, 1999, in Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil. She started skateboarding at an early age after her parents encouraged her to ride a skateboard rather than her bicycle. Initially, she started riding BMX and would do crazy stunts, so her parents got worried. They thought skateboarding would be safer, which in many ways is true. Little did they know what they started.

When Pamela’s sister had a friend over who had a skateboard with him, Pamela asked to try his board. She hasn’t stopped skating since, and was even lucky enough to have a skatepark open up behind her house the same week she started skating. Talk about luck!

At the age of 20, she’s built her way up to the top. On top of natural talent and incredible drive she also began to skate regularly with pro-skaters such as Kelvin Hoefler. She continues to win contest after contest and push the envelope for Women’s Street skating, and skateboarding in general. 

What Has Pamela Been Up to Lately?

Pamela Rosa is well on her way on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games. Now in the second and final qualifying season for the Olympics, Pamela remains the #1 ranked Women’s Street Skateboarder in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking.

The Olympic Qualifying events run up until June 2020. As long as she remains focused and stays injury-free, you can definitely expect to see Pamela earn her spot and do well in the Olympics.

Some of Pamela Rosa’s current sponsors include Nike SB, G-Shock, Silver Trucks, MVituzzo, and Bones Wheels. 2019 was an awesome year for Rosa as she took home some first place wins. These include:

  • World Skate OI STU Open Women’s Street Finals
  • Street League World Championships Sao Paulo Women’s Finals
  • Street League World Skate London Women’s Final

This doesn’t account for all of the other contests during 2019 where she earned a few second-place finishes, a 4th place, and a 6th place as well. All of these strong contest performances have earned her the top spot on the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking with a score of 180,000 points. 

Pamela Rosa Highlights

Now, let’s take a look at some of her skating! Below are a couple of video highlights from various competitions and skate parts. Enjoy!

In Conclusion

Pamela Rosa is number one in the world for a reason, and we can’t wait to see what she’s going to bring to the Olympics. She’s currently pushing the sport forward and we love to see that! Keep going Pamela!!!

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 9 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

What do you think of Pamela Rosa? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as they’re on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: X-Games

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