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UK'S youngest-ever Olympian sky brown wins bronze in Tokyo


Skateboarding sensation Sky Brown today became Britain's youngest Olympic medallist in history - less than a month after her 13th birthday - as she grabbed Tokyo 2020 bronze at the death after a perfect run following two big falls in the final.


The teenager showed extraordinary skill to finish third just over a year after fracturing her skull in a training crash that could have killed her, breaking down in tears of joy at the end of the final where she was beaten by two Japanese stars, including 12-year-old rival Kokona Hiraki.


Speaking afterwards Sky said: 'It was a super sick final. All the girls were ripping it, it was insane. I'm so stoked. I can't believe it, it's unbelievable. The medal feels unreal, it's like a dream. I can't wait to show the medal to my family and friends'.

Sky was born in Japan but lives in San Diego with her British father Stuart, a skateboarder and marketing executive originally from Cornwall, and Japanese mother Miko, a housewife. As well as being the youngest female professional skateboarder in the world, she is the youngest Nike-sponsored athlete on the planet appearing in ads with Serena Williams and Simone Biles.


Today's amazing bronze came just 14 months after a horror training crash in California where she flew off her skateboard at the top of a high ramp and landed head-first on hard ground, fracturing her skull and breaking her hand and wrist. She was airlifted to hospital unconscious but made a miracle recovery. Her dad said at the time: 'Sky's had the gnarliest fall she's ever had and is lucky to be alive. When she first came to hospital, everyone was fearful for her life'.


The teenager is said to be worth $5million already, with a series of endorsements with other big brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Vans, Hurley, and Billabong. But after today's success her fame and fortune is expected to soar further.


Sky already has 1million followers on Instagram and the YouTube channel she shares with her brother Ocean, nine, who is also a professional skateboarder, has had 20million views. She even won US TV talent show 'Dancing With The Stars: Juniors' in 2018 and such is her love for surfing, she may choose to take part in that event at Paris 2024, when she will be 16.


Today she entered the history books at 13 years and 28 days old, becoming the youngest Briton ever to compete for the nation at an Olympics and then grabbing bronze having left it all on her third and final run, after falling in her first two routines.


She was overwhelmed with relief when nailing her routine third time around, to leap above Japan's Misugu Okamoto into bronze medal position. Virtually the entire field of competitors surrounded Brown and embraced her as she dissolved into tears. When she emerged from the huddle, it was clear that she was delighted.


She has surpassed the summer British record of Margery Hinton, who was 13 years and 43 days when she competed in swimming at the 1928 Games. British figure skater Cecilia Colledge was 15 when she won figure skating silver in 1936.





Just over a year ago Sky 'lucky to be alive' after fracturing her skull in a horror accident in training in California in June last year. Her father Stu said that doctors feared for her life when she was airlifted to hospital




Stu Brown raises his arms aloft next to his daughter. Sky's mother and brother are believed to be back home in California

Sky and Ocean also surf every day at their local beach in San Diego and she may do surfing at Parish 2024, when she is 16



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