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Lizzie Armanto poses with her trophy after finishing first place in the Women's Skate Park Final during the Nitro World Games on August 11, 2018 in Vista, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)


25-year-old becomes first woman ever to pull off high-flying gravity-defying feat

By WITW Staff on August 27, 2018

Lizzie Armanto pulled off a surreal stunt on Sunday afternoon, making her the first woman to ever conquer the one of professional skateboarding’s most “infamous” challenges, which is knowns as “the loop.” Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who was running the event where it took place, posted a short video Monday morning showing the 25-year-old pro skater pull off the high-flying gravity-defying feat. Armanto rode her skateboard through a 360-degree loop. “It was an inspiring display of fierce determination and skill,” Hawk said in his tweet, adding that he was “incredibly proud” of Armanto.

The feat is mind-bending, not to mention remarkably difficult. In fact, Hawk’s clip contains a footage of Armanto crashing on her first try. Unscathed, she went to the top of the ramp again and nailed it on the next try. Hawk’s video goes slo-mo as Armanto zooms through the 360-degree loop.

“#ilovemyfriends,” Armanto post on Instagram afterward, along with a video clip of the stunt. “Thanks @tonyhawk @hale @aaronjawshomoki for helping me through. Still doesn’t feel real.”

And to make it even sweeter, Armanto’s accomplisment took place on Women’s Equality Day. Watch it from two different angles below.


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