BREAKING: 13-Year-Old Skateboarder Becomes the Youngest British Olympian Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2021, Breaks 93-Year-Old Record

Published 07/02/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
The Olympic Rings monument is seen outside the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) headquarters near the National Stadium, the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan June 23, 2021 on the day to mark one month until the opening of the Olympic Games. REUTERS/Issei Kato


Skateboarding is set to make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. With the sport garnering a huge response from the younger audience, the athletes are also relatively young. Team Great Britain is sending one of their youngest contingents for skateboarding. And one athlete is set to become the youngest British Olympian ever.

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Sky Brown is set to fly for Tokyo after her place in Great Britain’s skateboarding team was confirmed. At the age of 13 years and 11 days, Brown is set to become the youngest British Olympian in History and will break a 93-year-old record. Margery Hinton holds the record after she competed in swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics Games at the age of 13 years and 44 days.

Team Great Britain’s young brigade for Skateboarding at Tokyo Olympics 2021

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Great Britain is sending two female skateboarders to Tokyo. One is Sky Brown and the other one is Bombette Martin. Martin herself is just only 14 years old and will be making her Olympic debut alongside Brown. Sky Brown brings in a lot of promise for Great Britain. She is ranked third in park skateboarding and is a medal prospect. She could also become one of the youngest athletes to win an Olympic medal.

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“We are so excited to see two GB skateboarders qualify for the Games. Both girls have such amazing talent and are an inspiration to other skateboarders out there, showing people that anything is possible, no matter your age. Over the last two years, we have worked with Sky and Bombette to help them with their preparations and today’s announcement shows how their hard work has paid off. We wish them the best of luck,” James Hope-Gill, CEO at Skateboard Great Britain said.

Sky Brown’s road to the Olympics

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Brown is self-taught having learned most of her tricks from YouTube. She rose to prominence when she earned the bronze medal at the 2019 World Skateboarding championships. Moreover, she won the bronze in the 2020 Park World Skateboarding Championships. Last year, Brown survived a horrific fall while practicing that resulted in several skull fractures. Had the Olympics not been postponed, Brown wouldn’t have taken part in it in 2020.

Back in June 2016, Skateboarding along with baseball, softball, karate, surfing, and sport climbing were included for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. It is a provisional sport for the 2022 Paris Olympics. How will these young athletes perform at the biggest sporting event?

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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