Friday, September 17, 2021

Teen Skateboarder Sky Brown Makes History With Olympic Bronze

Thirteen-year-old Skye Brown has become Great Britain’s youngest Olympic medalist after winning a bronze medal in the women’s skateboard park event at Tokyo’s Ariake Urban Arena.

In a remarkable ending, the brown kick made its way into the history books by posting a score of 56.47 in his third and final attempt to come past Sakura Yosozumi and his 12-year-old Japanese counterpart Kokona Hiraki.

Yosozumi, 19, topped the podium with a score of 60.09, while Hiraaki’s 59.04 made her the youngest Olympic medalist in 85 years to claim the silver-grabbing Brown.

Great Britain's Skye Brown celebrates winning a bronze medal during the Women's Park Finals at Ariake Sports Park on Day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan
Sky Brown celebrates winning a bronze medal during the Women’s Park Finals at the Ariake Sports Park at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 4, 2021 in Japan. (Adam Davey/PA)

Brown’s achievement is even more surprising given his broken skull and broken bones during a terrible fall in training last year.

Born in Miyazaki, Japan, to a Japanese mother and British father, Brown competed at the US Open in 2016 at the age of eight and was first selected to compete for Great Britain in 2018.

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After winning the US edition of “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” in 2018, she arrived with a lot of profile, and expressed her ambition to achieve the almost unprecedented feat of competing in two sports—skateboarding and surfing—something which was later refused.

Great Britain's Skye Brown celebrates winning a bronze medal during the Women's Park Finals at Ariake Sports Park on Day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan
Great Britain's Skye Brown celebrates winning a bronze medal during the Women's Park Finals at Ariake Sports Park on Day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan
Sky Brown wins bronze during the Women’s Park Finals at the Ariake Sports Park at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 4, 2021 in Japan. (Adam Davey/PA)

In 2019, Brown finished third in the World Skateboarding Championships, and the following year she effectively secured her Olympic qualification by winning a bronze medal at the Park World Championships in So Paulo, Brazil.

Last month, she warmed up for the Games by winning gold at the prestigious X Games, although none of her major Olympic challengers, Okamoto and Hiraki, were present.

by Mark Staniforth and John Beasley

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News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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