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September 1, 2021

Brighton Zeuner and Her Relationship with Skateboarding

The Olympic athlete speaks on skateboarding, fashion, and creative expression

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Vans Skateboarding presents a look inside the world of team rider and Olympic athlete Brighton Zeuner, whose storied skateboarding career has been on an upward trajectory since capturing two Vans Park Series champion titles and becoming one of the youngest X-Games gold medalists all before she was old enough to drive. Despite the pressures associated with pushing herself further—including competing on the world stage in Tokyo— Brighton puts fun and creative expression at the center of what she does. From filming clips with Frog Skateboards to partnering with Vans on new product, Brighton is helping shape and influence the next chapter of skateboarding as she continues to serve as an inspiration for all.


Vans is proud to present a look inside the world of skate team rider and Olympic athlete Brighton Zeuner.  Competing on the world stage in Tokyo last month was a milestone in Brighton's career, but for the 17-year-old, having fun will always be the most important part of skating.

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"For me, it's just something I express myself though," Brighton said. "Skateboarding definitely molded who I am today."

Brighton's relationship with skateboarding has shifted over the years since she first picked up a board at a young age and started skating with her brother, Jackson.  Along the way, she honed her skateboarding style through influences from skate legends like Jeff Grosso, further developed her eclectic eye for fashion - seen through her latest vintage-inspired Vans collection - and owned the contest circuit, becoming a 2x Vans Park Series champion and X-Games gold medalist all before she was old enough to drive.


She views skateboarding as an outlet to tap into your individuality.  For her, that's meant standing out with her distinct style, which comes to life through a love of thrifiting and partnerships with brands like Frog Skateboards, and is reflected in her hopes to go to school to become a fashion designer.

Looking at what's next after the Olympics, Brighton says her mindset hasn't changed much: she's still focused on filming, skating in contests, and above all, continuing to progress and have fun.  Vans is excited to back Brighton on that journey, as she leads the charge and serves as an inspiration for skateboarders everywhere.


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