ALBUQUERQUE,N.M. (KRQE)- Mariah Duran is a 19-year-old skateboarder that graduated from Manzano High School here in Albuquerque. She has been skating for 10 years, and just in her 2nd appearance in the X-Games Duran took home a Silver Medal in the Women’s Street Competition.
“I mean it’s pretty rad. I guess like the only girl out there like from New Mexico, the only one representing it, so it’s pretty cool. I just kind of based everything around skateboarding and it all pays off, I guess you can say it’s a lifestyle,” said Mariah Duran.
She scored a 78 in her run at the X-Games in Austin, Texas. It was good for Duran to see all of her hard work build up to that medal moment.
“I just had a feeling that this year would be different, because her skating has just gone to the next level,” said Mariah’s friend and fellow skateboarder Jeremiah Arias. “I was hyped, I was all nice all the hard work paid off finally,” said Mariah.
As of now, Mariah is looking at different sponsorship opportunities and has even signed an agent. She hopes to pursue this sport as a career and is even making a skate film here with a local sponsor and along with her brother who also skates.
“It’s so crazy because I just never thought I would meet the people that I have met and let alone be in the x-games and have the outcome that I did this year. My goal isn’t just to take gold or get my name on a board, it’s becoming a better skateboarder,” said Duran.