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Sky Brown (Japanese: スカイ・ブラウン) (born July 2008) is a British-Japanese skateboarder who competes for Great Britain. She is the youngest professional skateboarder in the world, and has also won the American TV programme Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. At the age of 12, she was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2020 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in 2021.
Sky Brown was born in Miyazaki, Japan. Her mother, Mieko, is Japanese and her father, Stuart, is British. In Japanese, her name is pronounced Sukai and, like her family name, is written only in kana systems, as is standard for non-traditional Japanese names.
Her British father lived in the United States for several years before moving to Japan. Brown lives in Miyazaki, but spends around half the year in the US. Her family are skateboarders, and her preschool had a skate park. She has a skating ramp in her back garden, as there are no skate parks in her home area of Takanabe, Miyazaki. Aside from skateboarding, Brown is interested in surfing.
Brown does not have a skateboarding coach; instead she learns tricks from YouTube. She sometimes practises with Shaun White, who won Olympic snowboarding medals. Brown is sponsored by Nike, making her the youngest Nike-sponsored athlete in the world. She has featured in a Nike campaign alongside Serena Williams and Simone Biles. She is also supported by Almost Skateboards and Skateistan. She has over 602,000 followers on Instagram and over 29 million views on YouTube. At the age of 10, Brown became a professional athlete, making her the youngest professional skateboarder in the world.
In 2016, at the age of 8, Brown took part in the Vans US Open, making her the youngest person ever to compete at the event. She fell off her skateboard in a heat. In 2017, she came second in the Asian Continental Finals, and she finished in the top 10 of the 2018 Vans Park Series. In 2018, she won the US TV show Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
In February 2019, she won the Simple Session event in Tallinn, Estonia. In March 2019, Brown announced that she would be competing for Great Britain, having previously said that she would compete for Japan. Brown said that she favoured the "more relaxed approach" of the British Skateboarding Association. In 2019, Brown also came third at the World Skateboarding Championship, and became the first female to land a frontside 540 at the X Games. She finished fifth at the X Games skateboarding event. Brown came third at the 2020 Park World Skateboarding Championships in Brazil.
Brown was one of five Britons attempting to qualify for the skateboarding events at the 2020 Summer Olympics, the first time the sport will be included in the games. On 28 May 2020, while training in California, she suffered a "horrific" fall from a halfpipe ramp which left her with several skull fractures and a broken left wrist and hand. She was flown to a hospital and was reported as being unresponsive on arrival. Her father said afterwards that she was "lucky to be alive", whilst Brown herself said it was her worst fall yet. Nevertheless, she remained determined to push boundaries and compete for gold at the Tokyo Olympics. In April 2021, Brown said that she was also considering trying to compete in surfing at the delayed 2020 Olympics.
In June 2021, Brown was selected to represent Great Britain in skateboarding at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Brown was the youngest British Summer Olympian ever, at the age of 13, beating Margery Hinton who was 13 years and 43 days when she competed in the 200 metre breaststroke event at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Brown was not the youngest competitor at the Games: Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza and Japanese skateboarder Kokona Hiraki are younger. In July 2021, she won the X Games women's skateboarding park gold medal. Brown won the bronze medal in the women’s park skateboarding event at the 2020 Summer Olympics and became Great Britain’s youngest ever medal winner, at the age of 13 years and 28 days.
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