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Smith blurs skateboarding gender lines

Updated: August 1, 2013, 11:04 PM ET
By Isabelle Khurshudyan | Special to espnW.com

Alana Smith's skateboarding potential was recognized in her falls. She got up every time.

"All of these other kids in her class would take slams, and they couldn't take it," said Jeff Jewett, Alana's former coach at Kids That Rip! Skateboard School. "They cried because it hurt, and they would freak out. Alana would take the hardest slam and she wouldn't shed a tear. She would suck it up, get back up and she'd skate again. She was tough as hell.

"She's a cute little ...

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