The inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympic games opened doors for skaters around the world. While Tony Hawk was instrumental in the rise of skateboarding as a professional sport, he’s passing off the torch to the next generation of skaters. If this year’s Olympic Games are any indication, skateboarding is just beginning its ascent into the world of pro-sports. It has proven to be an especially lucrative sport for younger athletes, like 13-year-old Sky Brown from Great Britain.
On the morning of August 4, Sky Brown joined the other female skaters to compete in the first-ever women’s park skateboarding final. Like many Olympic sports, skateboarding has no lower age limit. Since 2016 when the sport was officially approved for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games, young skateboarders around the world set their sights on success. They absolutely nailed the landing, with 13-year-old athletes dominating to a somewhat alarming degree.
There was 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya who took home a gold medal for Japan
HISTORY MADE ✅
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13-Year-old silver medalist Rayssa Leal
Rayssa Leal, 13, Olympic silver medalist for Brazil. pic.twitter.com/MQkR1rOAha
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And 13-year-old Sky Brown who took home the Bronze, and simultaneously became the youngest ever Olympic competitor from Great Britain.
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Brown’s win was a particularly sweet victory for her home country. Prior to the teen’s skateboarding medal, the youngest participant in the Olympic Games from Great Britain was Margery Hinton, a breaststroke and freestyle swimmer who competed at age 13 (13 years and 44 days, to be exact) in 1928.
Margery was eliminated early on during her first Olympic Games, but her record as Great Britain’s youngest competitor remained unbroken until Sky Brown’s skateboarding debut at 13 years and 28 days old.
“Thank You Everyone that believed in me and Supported me on this Journey,” Brown said on Instagram. “Thank you to My Family and My Friends. Thank you @teamgb for letting me represent, and Thank you [Japan] for Making this happen and keeping us all Safe. Thank You Skateboarding.”
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