The youngest GB team member at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics won a bronze medal on Wednesday and outlined her plans to compete in two sports at the Paris games in 2024
Sky Brown became Team GB’s youngest medalist in the women’s skate park on Wednesday morning, and said she plans to continue her Olympic odyssey in two different sports in Paris 2024.
The 13-year-old won a remarkable bronze medal on her last downhill, after falling on her previous two attempts at Ariake Urban Sports Park, and this success convinced her to come back not only to skateboarding in France. , but also to try to compete in the surf.
The surf games of Paris will take place almost 10,000 miles away in the small Pacific island of Tahiti.
Brown has long been passionate about surfing, growing up in California with British-Japanese parents. Asked about her desire to participate in the event, she said: “I really hope so. I will definitely give surfing a try.”
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Her father, Stuart Brown, said that whether she did or not it was entirely her decision: “It will be hers by then. She will be 16 and it’s hard enough already. That would also mean going to Tahiti, like Paris.
“She’s back to school now and we’ll do what families do. We’ll take her off social media for a little while.”
The decision to hold surfing in 2024 so far from the rest of the events was recently approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with Tahiti being selected by the organizers of Paris 2024 over mainland French options such as Biarritz and Lacanau.
Brown was fortunate enough to find himself competing in Tokyo after suffering a near-fatal accident just over a year ago. The incident left her in intensive care with lacerations to her lungs, broken fingers and her skull fractured in several places.
Speaking after her success at the Olympics, Brown said: âI’m thrilled. I can’t believe it.
âI didn’t know if I could skate because my parents would tell me, ‘Stop skating and do something else. “
âBut I honestly think the accident made me stronger. It was pretty bad.
âIt was a tough time for my parents and a tough time for a lot of people and coming back and getting bronze is really cool.
“I’m happy to be here. It’s crazy to be on the podium. This medal seems unreal. It’s like a dream.
“I think more people will start skating now. After watching this, more people will want to try.”
The fact that Brown won an Olympic medal at such a young age has not gone unnoticed by some of the other Olympic heroes on the GB team. Swimming superstar Adam Peaty wrote: âWhen I was 13 I was in my bedroom all day playing RuneScape (with a little swimming).
She overtakes Cecilia Colledge as the youngest medalist of the GB team. Colledge was 15 when she won a silver medal in figure skating at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games.
The skateboarding event in the park was dominated by Japanese athletes, with Brown finishing behind hometown favorites Sakura Yosozumi in first place and 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki clinching silver.