Italo Ferreira grew up in a small village in Brazil. He was the son a fisherman, whose family couldn’t afford to buy a surfboard, so he learned to surf on a styrofoam cooler lid.
Today, he became the first man to ever win gold in surfing at the Olympics
The Olympics committee denied a petition advocated by Carissa Moore, the Native Hawaiian athlete to win the first-ever gold medal for women’s surfing, to rep Hawaiʻi and its sovereign flag during competition, so her Hawaiian bracelets put a big in my of hearts pic.twitter.com/IRHIKvChk5
Why we love the Olympics:
A fisherman’s son from a small town in Brazil, Italo Ferreira's family couldn't afford a surfboard…
So he learned using a styrofoam lid from a cooler his dad sold fish from.
Now, he's the 1st-ever surfing Olympic gold medalist