Skating team technician sees ‘perfect rink’ for the Brazilian circuit stage in Porto Alegre

Big names and future skateboarding stars kicked off this Thursday to occupy the biggest racetrack in Latin America, Orla do Guaíba, for free practice for the second stage of the… Brazilian ice rink, STU National. The competition, which runs from Friday to Sunday, is part of the capital’s 250th Anniversary Program. “Porto Alegre is a city known for skateboarding. This track is perfect with many of the obstacles that we find on world stages. It is a very creative track, whether on the street or in the park”, assesses Roger Mancha, 45-year-old coach of the Brazilian national team And who won two silver medals from the Tokyo Olympics last year.

A famous figure skater in the 90s and 2000s, Mancha carefully followed the training of Gabriella Mazetto, 24. The sprinter, a member of the national team, was one of the strong names who participated in the last Olympics. However, she ended up out of the competition for the female third place, which went to Leticia Buffoni, in order to give birth to her daughter Liz. The coach sees skateboarding as “essential” to Porto Alegre’s culture and believes in a great sight for those who attend the tournament. In addition to Gabriela, street style names such as Lucas Rabelo, Women’s Garden Way, and cases of Raicca Ventura and Luiz Francisco (Luizinho) are confirmed. Other names that have represented Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics are also expected, such as Pedro Barros, Isadora Pacheco, Wendiara Aspe, Dora Varela and Pedro Quintas.

The technician downplayed the forecast for precipitation in Porto Alegre for the next few days. “It was supposed to rain now but it is not. We have already participated in many events with rain, but it is calm.” A support team dried the track before training began, creating the conditions for use by athletes. Training continues throughout the day, with the competition’s technical conference taking place in the late afternoon.

Gabriela Mazetto, from Praia Grande, São Paulo, is one of the major names in street style in the country. Photo: Gilherme Almeida

In addition to those already existing, new talents are expected. Marina Praxides de Lima, 10, from Sao Paulo, started skateboarding at the age of six and a half. I’ve been in the major tournaments since last year, having competed at STU in Criciúma. “I want to be a professional, win the Olympics and also the X Games,” dreams the girl, who inherited a taste for the sport from her father, Rogerio Gonçalves de Lima, 47, the lead singer of a punk rock band. He says he no longer takes risks on four wheels. “Now I have tickets to pay (laughs). We ended up putting our dream aside to follow hers,” she explains.

Even before the competition officially began, many passers-by on the beach took the opportunity to honor the training of athletes. Retired employee Pedro Jeronimo, 70, was doing his running training and stopped to watch. “It’s amazing, an amazing thing the city government has decided to implement. Today there are a lot of people looking forward and fantasizing about the weekend,” he said.

Taking advantage of Caravaggio’s vacation, in Caxias do Sul, where he works as a traffic inspector, Jolson Adao Queiroz de Dordei, 39, used his trip to the capital to drink his companion while watching the maneuvers. “Great waterfront. I came to see the track with my son. We both love skateboarding and we stopped when he saw it,” he explained. “I walk a bit. Juan Rego de Dorde, 10, said.

Check the schedule:

Friday 27
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Ladies Free Street Workout
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Free Training for Ladies Park
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Press conference
11am to 12pm Ladies Free Training Park
10am to 12:30pm – Free street training for men
10:00 to 12:40 – Free exercise in the men’s park
12:40 to 13:50 – Free Ladies Park Workout
1pm to 4:20pm – Men’s Street Qualifiers
15:00 – 18:40 – Men’s Park Qualifiers
17:20 to 18:20 – Free training for women on the street

Saturday 28
From 8 am to 9 am – free exercise in the ladies park
9:00 am to 10:30 am – Free street training for men
9:00 AM to 10:50 AM – Women’s Park Semi-Finals
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM – Ladies Free Street Workout
11:40 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. – Street Men’s Semi-Finals
14:00 to 15:50 – The men’s park semi-final rounds
3:50 PM – 4:20 PM – BV Trex Park
15:55 to 19:00 – Ladies Street Semi-Final Rounds
From 7 pm to 7:30 pm – BV Trix Street

Sunday 29
9:00 AM to 9:35 AM – Free Workout for Men’s Park
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Ladies Free Street Workout
1 PM to 2:02 PM – Women’s Final
2:15 PM to 3:30 PM – Men’s Final Street
3:30 PM to 3:47 PM – Super Final Street for Men
From 16:00 to 17:02 – men’s final garden
5:10 PM to 6:25 PM – Ladies Final Street
18:25 to 18:42 – Women’s Super Final Street

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