Olympic hopeful Margielyn Didal posted a photo on Facebook yesterday, July 24, with a tongue-in-cheek caption saying, “this guy asked me to take a photo with him and I let him because he looks like Tony Hawk”.
The “guy”, of course, is iconic pro skateboarder Tony Hawk who helped bring the sport to mainstream attention in the mid-1980s. With numerous movie and TV appearances and even a long-running video game series that bears his name, you’d think that Tony Hawk would be instantly recognizable.
Not so. Apparently it’s so common to kinda know what Tony Hawk looks like but not to recognize the real deal when you meet him that People Not Recognizing Tony Hawk is a whole meme category in itself. Even Tony Hawk himself is in on the joke, often tweeting about it.
Coincidentally, the real Tony Hawk (wink) is in Tokyo for the Olympics, which features skateboarding for the first time ever.
Margielyn Didal, 22, will compete as the only member of the Philippine skateboarding team. If you want to cheer her on, you have to get up early: the women’s skateboarding event begins at 7:30am Manila time.
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