Team GB’s youngest member at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics won a bronze medal on Wednesday and has outlined her plans to compete in two sports at the Paris games in 2024
Tokyo 2020: Sky Brown becomes Team GB’s youngest Olympic medallist
Sky Brown became Team GB’s youngest ever medalist on Wednesday morning in the women’s park skateboarding, and has said that she plans to continue her Olympic odyssey in two different sports at Paris 2024.
The 13-year-old won a remarkable bronze medal on her final run, having fallen on her previous two attempts at the Ariake Urban Sports Park, and that success has convinced her to return not only to the skateboarding in France but also to attempt to compete in the surfing.
The surfing for the Paris games will take place nearly 10,000 miles away in the small Pacific island Tahiti.
Brown has long been a keen surfer, growing up in California to British-Japanese parents. Asked about her desire to compete in the event, she said: “I really hope so. I’m definitely going to try surfing.”
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Her father, Stuart Brown, has said that whether or not she does so is entirely her decision: “It’ll be up to her by then. She’ll be 16 and it’s hard enough now. It would mean going to Tahiti as well as Paris.
“She’s straight back to school now and we will do the things that families do. We’ll take her off social media for a little while.”
The decision to stage the surfing in 2024 so far away from the rest of the events was recently approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with Tahiti having been selected by Paris 2024 organisers over French mainland options such as Biarritz and Lacanau.
Brown was lucky to find herself competing at all at Tokyo having suffered a near fatal crash just over a year ago. The incident left her in intensive care with lacerations to her lungs, broken fingers and her skull fractured in multiple places.
Speaking after her success at the Olympics, Brown said: “I’m stoked. I can’t believe this.
“I didn’t know if I could skate because my parents were like, ‘Don’t skate anymore and do something else.’
“But I honestly feel the accident made me stronger. It was pretty bad.
“It was a hard time for my parents and a hard time for a lot of people and coming back and getting the bronze is really cool.
“I’m happy to be here. It’s insane to be on the podium. This medal feels unreal. It feels like a dream.
“I think more people are going to start skating now. After watching this, more people will want a go.”
For Brown to have won an Olympic medal at such a young age has not gone unnoticed by some of Team GB’s other Olympic heroes. Swimming superstar Adam Peaty wrote: “When I was 13. was in my room all day playing RuneScape (with a bit of swimming). This is a crazy achievement, well done Sky!”
She overtakes Cecilia Colledge as Team GB’s youngest ever medalist. Colledge was 15 when she won a figure skating silver medal at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games.
The park skateboard event was dominated by Japanese athletes, with Brown finishing behind hometown favourites Sakura Yosozumi in first place and 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki who picked up silver.