Skateboarder to make history...again

Sky Brown: dancer, surfer, snowboarder and now Olympic skateboarder.
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Skateboarder to make history...again

The 2020 Summer Games begin tomorrow and about 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries will converge on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Sky Brown will be among the athletes at the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

Brown has been making history long before she will step into the arena. The skateboarder, who will be 13 years and 11 days old when she competes, is great Britain’s youngest-ever Summer Olympian a record previously held by swimmer Margery Hinton. Hinton was 13 years and 43 days old when she competed at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Skateboarding is debuting at the 2020 Games where Brown will make further history as part of Team Great Britain’s first-ever skateboarding team.

Brown, who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a British father, is also a talented surfer. The teenager had initially planned to compete in the inaugural Olympics surfing competitions as well. However, she later decided to pursue just skateboarding. If that is not impressive enough, Brown is also an outstanding snowboarder, figure skater, and accomplished dancer. She won the Dancing with the Stars: Juniors competition in 2018.