After winning a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, skateboarder Margielyn Didal is the only Filipina who made it to the TIME‘s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018 list.
The news magazine released the list on December 7, Friday on their website and Facebook page. According to TIME, Margielyn’s win at the Asian Games made her “a national hero in the process.”
“That medal would be the Philippines’ first Olympic gold and would help cement skateboarding’s status as a serious sport in the country,” the TIME said.
The Cebuano skateboarder bagged the fourth gold medal for the Philippines at the 2018 Asian Games in women’s skateboarding last August. Didal dominated the competition with an average score of 30.4. The 19-year-old athlete is also gunning for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
To determine the annual list, Time considers “accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.”
Also included in this year’s list actresses Millie Bobby Brown, Joey King, Kiernan Shipka, and Storm Reid, K-pop group NCT Dream, singer Billie Eilish, the student activists Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Olympic gold medalist Chloey Kim, among many others.
In 2017, YouTube star Bretman Rock and student activist Shibby De Guzman made it to the magazine’s list.
This story first appeared in MB Life (mblife.ph) on December 11, 2018.
Words by Ankrizel Santos