Why Pro Skater Neen Williams Got Sober

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Uploaded on 08/23/2017

Neen Williams spent years partying through his nights and sleeping through his days, finding less time to skate. Now, the pro has gone completely sober, eating healthy and working out to make sure he remains one of the best skaters in the business.

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Comments (1):

By lloeki    2018-05-04

> But she is the present of female skating

Why? This feels like ageism. It's not like skateboarders start to fade away as soon as they hit 20-25 anymore (especially street). The culture evolves with better emphasis into physical training[0], warming up, stretching, healthy food, and less binging/smoking/whatever, and from Rodney Mullen[3] to Andrew Reynolds and especially Neen Williams[4] they promote healthier lifestyles and keep pushing at it well past their "prime". Relevancy doesn't stop when someone younger lands a better trick than the previous guy/gal.

Also, Nora's the future because she's a beacon that people can look up to, and the community's reaction and actions† also help set the tone for a more inclusive culture.

Anecdata: at our local spot the number of girls that show some interest in skateboarding seems to be increasing lately, and when we show them role models like Nora, but also Lacey Baker[1] and Leticia Bufoni[2], they're like "wow, I can do this, I can fit in this community".

> and the boys have some catching up to do

Personal pet peeve: I don't like that, as discrimination only stops when we stop talking about it, and this just fosters an "us vs them" attitude, even if jokingly so.

† that Adidas video is spot on

[0]: https://www.thedailypush.com

[1]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17s7o2yBXrE

[2]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fZWCxPevHU

[3]: (this guy is 50, can you believe that?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3tDvMG87Ro

[4]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OngZCOKyiqg

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