11-Year-Old Skateboarding Phenom Sky Brown May Be Heading To The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics


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11-year-old Sky Brown may become the youngest Olympian to represent the UK in 2020 (Credit: IOC Young Reporters/Olympic.org)

At first sight, Sky Brown may appear to be like any other 11-year-old with a passion for skateboarding. However, spend a few minutes observing the young girl on the ramp, and you will realize that she is no ordinary skater, but a prodigy with several accolades under her belt. In addition to clinching the gold at the United Kingdom (UK) National Skateboarding Championship in 2019, she is currently ranked third in the world for women in the "park" discipline.

These achievements, along with a bronze medal at the September 2019 Park World Skateboarding Championship held in São Paulo, Brazil, have all but guaranteed the young girl a spot in the four-person women's team representing the UK in the inaugural skateboarding competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. If Brown, who will turn 12 shortly before the Tokyo Games begin in July 2020, participates in the upcoming Olympics qualifying events and remains injury-free, she will become the youngest British Olympian at the Summer Games. The previous record was held by swimmer Margery Hinton, who was 13 years and 43 days old when she competed at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Brown is also a good surfer, snowboarder, and dancer (Credit: IOC Young Reporters/Olympic.org)

When asked if she was nervous about her potential Olympic debut, the young girl quipped, "I don't feel any nerves. It will be really cool to be the youngest Olympian. People might think you're too young or that you can't do it, but I want to show that it's not about your size or age. I want to be in the Olympics to inspire other girls to show them you can do anything. I'm excited for Tokyo. I love Simone Biles' attitude. She just goes for it."

Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and British father, Brown began skateboarding when she was just four years old. "At first, I mostly learned from YouTube," she says. "I said to my dad 'please, please, please teach me,' and he taught me a little. But if I want to learn a trick, I'll just search it online and study about it myself."

Brown, who spends most of the year in Huntington Beach, California, is a good surfer as well. The young girl had initially planned to compete in surfing, which is also making its Olympic debut in 2020, as well, but then decided to only pursue just skateboarding. "I like them both the same, they're super similar," she says. "But it's like if you go and get ramen and ice cream – if you eat too much ramen you want to go and get ice cream. I used to be better at surfing, but I've been skating a lot lately, and I've got way better from doing contests. It's made me want to go harder." If that is not impressive enough, she is also an outstanding snowboarder, figure skater, and an accomplished dancer who won the Dancing With The Stars: Juniors competition in 2018.

The phenom, who has already garnered a Nike sponsorship and appeared in advertising campaigns alongside legendary athletes like Serena Williams and Megan Rapinoe, spends about three months of the year competing around the world. When not traveling, Brown is just like any typical preteen. "I relax, I watch TikTok and Netflix. I love yummy food," she says. "And I go to school. I like music and math. I'm not a great student, but I like learning stuff."

The young girl aspires to be a skateboarder, surfer and dancer, and even play the guitar when she grows up. However, for now, she is focusing on perfecting a new move — a backside 540, which involves spinning one-and-a-half times towards your toes — for the Olympics. We have a feeling this young girl will be on the Olympic podium for many years to come!

Resources: theguardian.com, Olympic.org,www.bbc.com

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  • skyskateboards
    skyskateboardsFriday, February 5, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    love skateboarding. it so much fun to fly in the air
    • pilotabot683
      pilotabot683Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:07 am
      i didn't fall
      • pilotabot683
        pilotabot683Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:06 am
        i love skateboarding i was in the olmpics with her
        • skyskateboards
          skyskateboardsFriday, February 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm
          love skateboarding too
        • pilotabot683
          pilotabot683Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:06 am
          that was so cool
          • ninjagirl17
            ninjagirl17Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:56 am
            So sad the Olympics failed
            • luckygoldgurl
              luckygoldgurlWednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:50 pm
              Ive been watching her on YouTube and however any times she falls she gets right back up once she got hurt but after she healed she got back on her skateboard and she skated and skated until she thought she was good enough
              • luckygoldgurl
                luckygoldgurlWednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:51 pm
                She is so inspiring and anyone out in the world want to try something but not so sure? Try it you will see that you have talent for anything
              • ninjagirl17
                ninjagirl17Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:32 pm
                I love skating
                • spacegirl22
                  spacegirl22Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:07 pm
                  She is so good at that! I could never do that!
                  • luvharrypotter
                    luvharrypotterTuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:30 am
                    So inspiring!! U go girl!
                    • bsc
                      bscSunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:53 pm
                      I've just started Skateboarding!
                      • dyangzom9502
                        dyangzom9502Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:47 pm
                        Nice! I want to find a sport I'll enjoy. But I just don't know which sport! I was thinking rollerblading, or rollerskating...but I donna know
                        • spacegirl22
                          spacegirl22Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:07 pm
                          You should just try a bunch of sports and see why you like best (you should try dance)