Team GB’s youngest Olympian Sky Brown was back skateboarding within two months after a horrific crash
Team GB’s youngest Olympian Sky Brown suffered heart and lung tears, a broken left arm and hand and amnesia after a head fall during practice… but within two months she was back skateboarding
- Sky Brown suffered the horrific injuries after falling from a 4.5 meter slope
- However, the 13-year-old says the incident made her want to bounce back
- Brown switched from allegiance to Britain in 2019 because of the governing body
- The teen won her Olympic qualifier at the age of 10 despite her arm in a cast
- She is third in the world and already has a medal for the world championship wereld
- Brown hopes to inspire more girls to take up the sport through her routines
Sky Brown will make a remarkable recovery from a skull fracture as the skateboarder competes as Team GB’s youngest Olympian in Tokyo.
The 13-year-old also suffered lacerations to her heart and lungs, and a broken left arm and hand when she fell headfirst from a 4.5-meter slope in May last year.
She was left with temporary amnesia after being knocked out, but the horrific experience didn’t diminish her enthusiasm for the sport and she was back skating within two months.
Sky Brown was back skating within two months after her horrific accident in May last year
Brown won her Olympic qualifier at age 10 despite having her arm in a cast from another crash
“I was just skating, like every day, and then I was knocked out – I don’t remember anything from the fall,” she told The Guardian.
“But it actually made me more excited and more pumped up. It made me want to go faster.’
Brown divides her time between California and Japan, where she was born to a Japanese mother and an English father.
She switched from Japan to the UK in March 2019 because she preferred the “more relaxed approach” of her adopted country’s governing body.
At the time of the first Olympic qualifier, just 10 years old, she won it despite competing with her arm in a cast after breaking it in another accident.
She has also won world championship bronze and is ranked third worldwide but shows no signs of pressure of expectations on her.
The 13-year-old star hopes her exploits can inspire other girls to take up skateboarding
Instead, as skateboarding makes its Olympic debut, she hopes to inspire an entire generation of skaters to take up the sport.
“I’m not nervous,” she said. ‘I want to try to push boundaries and close the gender gap in skateboarding. I hope I can inspire some girls.
“It would be so cool to get a gold medal. But more than that, I want to inspire people.’