- Title: 12-year-old Sky Brown picked for GB Olympic skateboarding team
- Date: 1st July 2021
- Summary: UNKNOWN LOCATION, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 1, 2021) (REUTERS VIA ZOOM) (SOUNDBITE) (English) SKATEBOARDER, SKY BROWN, SAYING: "It means the world to me. It's gonna be really fun, it's just going to be awesome being in the Olympics, and skating with all the girls, and skating in a new bowl. And I'm excited to represent Team GB and I'm happy to represent Team GB." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) SKATEBOARDER, SKY BROWN, SAYING: "Yeah my friends are really happy for me, they really are stoked and I'm really stoked too."
- Embargoed: 15th July 2021 17:22
- Keywords: Olympics Sky Brown Team GB Tokyo 2020 skateboarding
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- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Olympics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA002EK0FMM7
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- Story Text: Teenager Sky Brown will be Britain's youngest summer Olympian after she was named alongside Bombette Martin on Thursday as Team GB's skateboarders at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this month.
Brown will be 13 years and 11 days old at the Olympics, breaking the record set by swimmer Margery Hinton who was 13 years and 44 days old at the 1928 Amsterdam Games. Figure skater Cecilia Colledge competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics aged 11.
Brown and Martin, 14, will compete in the skateboard park discipline after they qualified third and 18th, respectively, during the World Skate qualification season.
Brown won a silver medal at the Dew Tour, USA, and placed third in the World Championships in Rio last season to rank third-best in the world.
"It's incredibly exciting to announce Sky and Bombette to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," Team GB's Chef de Mission Mark England said in a statement.
"Not only will they both make history as Team GB's first-ever skateboarders, but Sky will also make a history of her own as she becomes our youngest ever summer Olympian."
Brown suffered a horror injury in June last year when she fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California.
She was taken by helicopter to the hospital where she underwent surgery and her father Stewart later said she was lucky to be alive.
The park event will be held from Aug. 4-5 at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo.
(Production: Iain Axon)
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