Sky BROWN biography
Sky Brown looks certain to be one of the most high-profile athletes at Tokyo 2020 – primarily due to her age. The skateboard sensation turns 13 just a couple of weeks before the opening ceremony in 2021. Should she take part, Brown will be the youngest British Olympian of all time (beating Margery Hinton, who swam at the 1928 Games aged 13 years and 43 days), and one of the youngest competitors in Tokyo.
Brown also has a strong connection to Tokyo that will no doubt stimulate the crowds: her mother Mieko is Japanese. The skateboarder – whose father is English, but who divides her life between living in Japan and California – decided to compete for Team GB as it would be less pressure than representing the home nation.
Alongside superstar skaters like Nyjah Huston (USA), Brown will be part of a new generation of athletes showcasing one of the five new sports added to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020.
Part of the International Olympic Committee’s drive to have more youth-oriented events at the Games, many are predicting that Brown can become the next Chloe Kim or Shaun White – star snowboarders who have helped legitimise their sports at the Winter Games.
“Skateboarding is a playground,” she said recently. “I don’t really train. I don’t have a coach. I just skate. It’s nice to learn new tricks. I want to get them right for Tokyo. I’d like to do some tricks I’ve never done in a contest before.
“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.”
Might she win a medal? Her recent form suggests she has a chance, having won bronze at the 2019 Park World Championships behind Okamoto Misugu and Yosozumi Sakura, both of Japan. Whether or not she make, Brown is sure to be one of the faces of the Games.