Olympic Hopeful, Bombette Martin, Skateboarding Her Way To Success
Her name is Bombette Martin. That’s right, Bombette. Trust us, it’s on her birth certificate. Guessing it probably has something to do with her Dad, retired British boxer, Bomber Martin. Bombette is a 13- year-old skateboarding phenom from New York who hopes to make her Olympic dreams come true by representing the UK under the bright lights in Tokyo later this summer. While the origins of the sport trace back to the 1940s, in 2020, competitors will, for the first time, have the chance to go for Olympic gold. GoodSport is following Bombette as she rolls toward her high-flying goal.
Bombette is only four years into her athletic journey which started when her competitive streak rose up, “I was 9 years old when I started skating. I had a board since I was 3 years old, but I never used it. My brother one day took it to the skate park and then I wanted to try it as well, and I’ve been skating ever since.” she says.
It has been quite a fun ride so far. She has competed all over the world and rubbed elbow pads with some great people. Imagine meeting your idol and she is only 15. That happened when Bombette crossed paths with Bryce Wettstein recently. They first met on a skate trip in California. Bryce offered advice on how to overcome the fear of dropping into a vert ramp. She had Bombette sliding down a huge 14 ft ramp on her butt and, in no time, Bombette went from tears to giggles. Skater girls are much more about sharing than staring. By the way, Bryce just won the US National skate competition so she will likely lead the women’s team into Tokyo.
Whether with her role models or on her own, Bombette believes that observation improves performance. Her approach is simple, “a lot of it is just watching other people and it is like, ‘Oh, I want to learn that,’ and lots of different tricks can come from it. Anyone I see, I think, ‘that’s a cool trick,’ and it will inspire me to learn something new.”
Stay tuned for updates on Bombette’s quest.
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