Daniela Terol: “Thanks to the Games, people take us seriously, it’s what we needed”


The Spanish skater Daniela Terol is clear that the Tokyo 2020 Games “helped” the discipline because people did not take them “seriously”, which is what her sport needed in the face of public opinion, at the same time He confesses that he has not “assimilated” that he is close to obtaining the Olympic ticket for Paris, with the Budapest (Hungary) Olympic Qualifiers starting this Thursday as the last option.

“I’m very motivated for Budapest. I don’t take it with a lot of pressure of ‘if I don’t do well I’m not going to go to the Games’. I simply take it as another competition where I’m going to try to give my best, as always. And with a lot of motivation,” the Barcelona native commented in an interview with Europa Press after an event as an ambassador for the insurance company Allianz.

At only 15 years old, Terol is close to certifying his presence in his first Games in Paris, something that he has not “yet” assimilated, although it is what he has been fighting for “all year” and “training.” Terol will start in the Hungarian capital this Friday with the ‘qualis’ of the Street modality, on Saturday the 22nd the semifinals will take place and on Sunday the 23rd, the final.

At the age of nine, in 2018, she already won her first Extreme Barcelona – an achievement she repeated in 2023 – beating much older athletes, and after her father introduced her to surfing, a discipline in which she ultimately did not specialize.

And with that nerve and youth she can now boast of being champion of the Madrid Urban Sports 2023 and the national Street championship last year. “Youth and inexperience can be a virtue, but it can also be a disadvantage, because you are really 15 years old and there are many things you don’t know,” she reflected.

“You don’t know how the pressure and the expectations are going to affect you. On the physical side, it’s quite positive, because you have less fear, but on the other hand it’s a bit of a disadvantage. I would say that an older, more mature person could take it.” better than 16-15 year old girls, who may find it a little more difficult. They haven’t experienced all this and all the pressures and expectations suddenly come to them, but for now I’m taking it well and using it to motivate myself more. “he added.

And he does not want to lose that ‘street’ character of this sport, in which he continues to improvise, no matter what tournament he competes in. “I do tricks that come to me, ideas that go through my head. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but you have to improvise because anything can happen, you have to take risks,” she analyzed.

“The competition is the time to try that, you are very motivated and you want to improve your round by trying things that you had not dared before and things that you would not normally do. Competitions are very good to improve your level,” he commented on the essence of skateboarding. .

Finally, Terol sees the inclusion of skateboarding on the list of Olympic sports as something positive. “The Games have helped skateboarding as a sport a lot because before people didn’t take it as a sport, they didn’t take it seriously,” he lamented, before arguing that “that’s because there are two types of skaters: competitive ones and The ones on the street”.

“They don’t take it that seriously and I think everyone sees us that way. When I talk to someone who doesn’t know that I compete and I tell them that I’m a skater, the first thing that comes to mind is that I’m the typical that he is on the street all the time, in the square, and that is not the case. The fact that he has become an Olympic player makes us be taken more seriously, which is what we needed and I am very happy,” she concluded.