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Eleven-Year-Old Skateboarder Brighton Zeuner is the youngest female athlete invited to X Games in the History of Event
At only 11 years of age, Brighton Zeuner is making her way through the skateboarding ranks after just turning pro earlier this year and will be making history this summer as the youngest female athlete ever to be invited to the action sports event, summer or winter, in 22 years. Brighton started skating competitively three years ago when she and her family moved to Encinitas, California. While Brighton also competes in the skateboard disciplines of bowl, street and vert, she has been invited to compete in the Women’s Skateboard Park competition at X Games which will be held June 2- 5, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Women's Skateboard Park will be live on Saturday, June 4, at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
"I keep waking up and thinking my invitation to the X Games is a dream, but it's really happening,” Zeuner said about her invite. “Three years ago, I saw Alanna Smith on TV skating at the X Games - someone I skated with and looked up to - and I remember thinking that anything's possible if you go for it. Now I find myself getting ready to compete at X Games, and I hope I can inspire girls just as I have been inspired.”
Another inspiration to Brighton is her older brother Jack. The siblings have a unique relationship and have both helped each other in their interest in skateboarding. Brighton was originally inspired to skate after watching her brother, and Jack was inspired to get into filmmaking after filming his sister skateboard. As the youngest, female athlete to ever be invited to X Games, Brighton is also in an elite group as one of four youngest athletes overall to be invited to the largest action sports event in the world.
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2016 - “Camp Woodward” Season Seven Cast Member (first girl in the history of the series)
2015 - World Cup Skateboarding Overall Points Winner
2014 - California State Games Athlete of the Year (Skateboarding)
2016 Contest Highlights:
Vert Attack 10 Pro Division - 2nd place
Girls Combi Classic Pro Division - 4th place
2015 Contest Highlights:
El Gato Classic (14 and under) - 1st place
Tim Brauch Memorial (14 and under) - 1st place
Exposure Bowl (14 and under) - 1st place
Vans US Open Pro / Am - 7th place (youngest girl to compete and amateur status)
Girls Combi (14 and under) - 1st place
ESPN and ABC will televise 20 hours of live X Games competition from June 2-5, 2016. Women's Skateboard Park will be live on Saturday, June 4, at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3, which viewers can access online through their cable provider.