Filipina skateboarding sensation Margielyn Didal may have fallen short of a podium finish in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but she surely won hearts all over the world. Aside from going viral for posing for a picture with skateboarding living legend Tony Hawk, what is Didal up to anyway?
Well, it looks like she has her eyes set on the 2024 Paris Olympics. As per GMA News Online, Didal’s coach, Daniel Bautista, said that the 22-year-old skater will go bigger in the Paris Games three years from now. “That’s the plan. We’re going to do it all over again. The qualifiers start next year,” Bautista said.
As of now, the Cebuana native is still recuperating from minor injuries she sustained prior to seeing action in this year’s Summer Games, which unfortunately affected some of her tricks in the final round last July 26.
According to Didal, she sustained injuries in both her ankles (ouch!) while training in Los Angeles, California. For transparency’s sake, she had to tape both during the preliminary stage of the Tokyo Games.
“Since we left Tokyo, so far, I can still walk but it still hurts a little. But I can’t wait to go home to Cebu to undergo PT (Physical Therapy) and see my family,” she explained. “As of now, I can still feel the pain but I think everything will be okay soon.”
And Didal’s calendar is already packed. Her coach explained that Didal is set to compete this month, and has more skateboarding competitions soon. “After this [hotel quarantine], Margie has a bunch going on. She has a street league which is going to be at the end of August in Salt Lake City. And after that, there’ll be another competition in Barcelona,” Bautista said. “I guess for Skate Pilipinas, our next international competition would be the indoor Asian Games which would be maybe around March next year.”
Let’s hope she doesn’t get injured in her next competitions, and come 2024, she comes back to the Olympics with a vengeance.