Twelve-year-old Sky Brown is set to become the youngest British Summer Olympics ever after being named to the Team GB skateboard squad.
Brown qualified based on world rankings in June and has now done so through the formal selection process.
She will attend the women’s park event in Tokyo this summer and is currently ranked third in the world.
This is the first time skateboarding will perform at the Olympics, which is set to begin on July 23rd.
Sky’s father Stu is English, but moved to the United States in his teens before meeting mother Mieko in Japan. Born in Miyazaki, Sky spends half of his school year in Japan and half in the United States.
At the age of eight, Brown participated in the Vans US Open, making her the youngest person ever to compete at the event. When she returned in 2018, she finished in the top 10.
The talented skateboarder also won the American TV show Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, with partner JT Church.
The world bronze medalist in 2019 – and the first woman ever to land a ‘front side 540’ trick – joins the GB team of Bombette Martin, 14.
Manhattan-born Martin was among 20 skateboarders who also qualified for the park discipline based on the world rankings.
Team GB Head of Mission Mark England said: “I could not think of two better athletes who could serve as ambassadors for Team GB in this exciting new Olympic sport and we wish Sky and Bombette good luck in their final preparations.”
Brown has fully recovered from one terrible fall last year, who saw her with a skull fracture and a broken wrist and hand.
She first started skateboarding by learning tricks on YouTube and could possibly become the youngest Olympic medalist in 85 years. She turns 13 before the games begin in late July.
Figure skater Cecilia Colledge represented Britain at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid at the age of 11, a record Brown could have broken if the 2020 Games were not postponed.
There are no British men competing in the event, but the men’s park will see the 46-year-old Rune Glifberg from Denmark.