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Brown becomes the youngest British Summer Olympics ever
Twelve-year-old Sky Brown will become the youngest ever UK Summer Olympics after joining Team GB’s skateboarding roster.
brown qualified according to world rankings in June and has now made it through the formal selection process.
She will compete in the women’s park event in Tokyo this summer and is currently number three in the world.
It’s the first time skateboarding has taken place at the Olympics, which start on July 23rd.
Sky’s father, Stu, is English but moved to the United States as a teenager before meeting mother Mieko in Japan. Born in Miyazaki, Sky spends half of her school year in Japan and the other half in the United States.
At the age of eight, Brown entered the Vans US Open, making it the youngest person to ever attend the event. When she returned in 2018, she made it into the top 10.
The talented skateboarder also won the US TV show Dancing with the Stars: Juniors with his partner JT Church.
The 2019 world bronze medalist – and the first woman to land a “Frontside 540” trick – is supported on the GB team by Bombette Martin (14).
The Manhattan born Martin was one of the 20 skateboarders who also qualified for the park discipline according to the world rankings.
Team GB’s Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “I couldn’t think of any better athletes to act as ambassadors for Team GB in this exciting new Olympic sport and we wish Sky and Bombette the best of luck in their final preparations. “
Brown made a full recovery from a terrible fall last year when she suffered a fractured skull and a broken wrist and hand.
She got into skateboarding by learning tricks on YouTube and could potentially become the youngest Olympic medalist in 85 years. She will be 13 years old before the Games start in late July.
Figure skater Cecilia Colledge represented Great Britain at the age of 11 at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, a record Brown could have broken had it not been for the 2020 Games.
There are no British men taking part in the event, but 46-year-old Rune Glifberg from Denmark will be featured in the men’s park.