‘Little Fairy’: Teenage skater gets legal surprise on return to Brazil

Sao Paulo: Brazil’s youngest Olympic medallist, Rayssa Leal, has arrived home to find a lawyer she did not know had trademarked her nickname because she was worried unscrupulous business people might take advantage of the 13-year-old star skateboarder.

Flavia Penido said she had applied to register the nickname “Fadinha” (Little Fairy) given to Leal, who won a silver medal in Tokyo in the street category. Japan’s homegrown teen star Momiji Nishiya took gold in the sport’s Olympic debut.

Rayssa Leal of Brazil, 13, greets Momiji Nishiya. also 13, during the women’s street skateboard final in Tokyo.Credit:Getty Images

Penido watched Leal’s performance that enchanted Brazil in the early hours of Monday morning, Sao Paulo time, and soon after consulted national trademark authorities to see if anyone had registered the name for skateboarding clothes or equipment.

When nothing appeared she took action to register the name on the girl’s behalf.

“Sometimes you have to make quick decisions,” Penido said on Twitter.

“The interest is obviously not economic but to preserve Rayssa’s eventual rights and show the importance of always having marketing and law work in tandem.”

Penido said she was ceding the rights to the athlete. Leal’s family did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment.

Leal earned the nickname when a video of her performing skateboard tricks in a fairy outfit went viral in 2015 after it was shared by skateboarding superstar Tony Hawk.

In an Instagram post last year, she published a series of photos of herself in a fairy costume, skating and scoring a soccer goal with the words “we can have the same dreams of those of a boy, we can go far and make come true big projects. We have the means, the will, to do whatever we wish, we deserve to be happy”.

Her popularity boomed in the hours following her win, with Leal adding millions of social media followers after her podium appearance to a total on Thursday of 6 million on Instagram follower and 378,000 on Twitter.


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