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Sky Brown, the little skateboarding prodigy with ambitious Olympic dreams

In the world of sports there are athletes who stand out in their discipline from a very young age. However, there are some exceptional beings like Sky Brown who take this premise to a completely new level. With only 12 years of age, she is the world’s youngest pro skateboarder and the videos she posts on social media showing her great skills have earned her the admiration of millions of people from all over the planet.

This whole story began on July 12, 2008. That day, Sky was born in Miyazaki (Japan). Her mother is Japanese, and her father is British. She began skateboarding when she was three years old, however, her father did not agree with her practicing such a risky sport at such a young age.  Despite her father’s fears, Sky remained involved in her greatest passion and sooner rather than later began to reap the fruits of her hard work.

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In 2016, when she was 8, she became the youngest person ever to compete at the Vans US Open, one year later she came second in the Asian Continental Finals. Then in 2018 she continued to gain fame after winning the US TV show Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. 2019 was so far the most important year of her career. In March of that year she made one of the most important decisions of her life and announced that she would be competing for Great Britain. The reason? A more relaxed approach: “The British Skateboarding Association told me ‘no pressure, just have fun and get out there’, so that’s why I chose England,” she said in an interview with the BBC. That same year she came third at the World Skateboarding Championship, held in São Paulo, Brazil.

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She is now focused on preparing for the skateboarding events at the Summer Olympics, an important goal since it will be the first time the sport will be included in the games. She dreams with a gold medal, but she also wants to push her limits and do her hard tricks. Last May she suffered a terrible and frightening fall, but she has now recovered. Now she is ready to continue competing and being an inspiration to many females who want to participate in this male-dominated sport. “I wanna show every girl that you can do it, just go for it, even though you’re little,” she says.

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