Skateboarding unicorn Lizzie Armanto joins Kelley to talk about her uncharted path through the world of professional skating. Lizzie discusses the importance of skate park culture to early education in the sport, why an injury of all things was what convinced her to go pro, the lack of an obvious blueprint and professional role models at the start of her career, how she ended up on Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse team, landing on the cover of Thrasher the same day she got a pro model, why she’s optimistic about the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics, and the story of how she became the first woman to complete the infamous 360 loop.

LIZZIE’S RESUME:
  • Member of Finnish Olympic team
  • X Games gold (2013), silver (2016) and bronze (2019) medalist
  • 3rd woman ever on the cover of Thrasher
  • 1st woman ever on the cover of Transworld Skateboarding
  • Birdhouse Pro
Suggested:
  • Loveletters Season 10: Lizzie Armanto (VANS)
  • Rough Cut: Lizzie Armanto’s “Saturdays” Part (Thrasher Magazine)
  • Lizzie Armanto’s after-school options were ‘the skate park or the library’; now she’s a Tony Hawk protégé (Los Angeles Times)
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