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Olympic Gold Medalist! That has a ring to it, right? American Carissa Moore has made history by winning an Olympic Gold Medal in surfing — as the sport has made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.
Moore is a child prodigy from Hawaii who grew up to be the youngest world champion surfer and a four-time world champ. While starting slow, Moore persevered at the Games becoming the only American surfer to reach the podium after teammates lost in the bronze medal rounds and were eliminated in the earlier rounds.
In a Reuters interview, Moore stated, "This isn't just about this gold medal moment — it's about surfing, using the platform to share some positivity and love, all that kind of stuff. I hope it has a positive impact. The ocean has changed my life and I can't imagine my life without it, I'll be surfing until I'm in the ground."
Who is Olympic Gold Medalist Carissa Moore?
Carissa Moore is a four-time World Champion from Honolulu, Hawaii. Over the years, Moore has racked up eleven national titles during her dominant amateur career and arrived on the Championship Tour in 2010 with a hunger like no other. From 2010 to 2015, Carissa battled for World Titles and the hearts and minds of fans. In 2019, Moore's total commitment to the sport and endless positivity saw her claim her fourth World Title on home soil at Maui.
Moore’s is as bright and optimistic as her surfing skills. Not only does she exude confidence, but Moore is also clever, expressive, and intelligent.
“Riding the wave makes you feel free, it makes you feel present, it makes you feel more in love with yourself and the ocean and the environment,” Moore stated.
Carissa Moore Day
Recently, Hawaii Gov. David Ige honored Olympic Gold Medalist Carissa Moore in a proclamation ceremony this morning at the governor’s Ceremonial Room inside the state Capitol.
Ige stated, “It’s a momentous day not just for the world of surfing but for all of us in the state of Hawaii, (which) as we know is the birthplace of surfing. Moore is an incredibly infectious optimism, (which is) an inspiration and gives us all hope, especially during these challenging times, that when we do what we love with passion, commitment and wholeheartedness, nothing is impossible, nothing is beyond reach.”
Moore is the youngest-ever world surfing champion and the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Watch Moore next at the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver on August 10-19.