Sky Brown admits winning bronze ‘feels unreal’ as 13-year-old makes HISTORY by becoming Team GB’s youngest ever Olympic medalist after stunning final run in park skateboarding – and now says she wants to compete in SURFBOARDING at Paris 2024!
Britain’s youngest Olympian Sky Brown said today that she wanted to compete in surfboarding and skateboarding at the 2024 Olympics after taking bronze.
Though Brown’s father Stu did not sound so convinced when asked about it, the 13-year-old said it was an aim.
The surfboarding event at the Paris games will be staged in Tahiti and the skateboarding in the French capital – so it will involve challenging logistics for her. She will still only be 15.
Sky Brown, 13, made history by securing a bronze medal in the park skateboarding in Tokyo
Brown celebrates with the Great Britain flag after making history at the Olympic Games
Asked if she might compete in both, Brown said: ‘Maybe. I really hope so. Definitely going to try surfing.’
After taking bronze, she admitted that she’d asked herself: ‘Am I going to make it?’ after falling on her first two skateboard runs in the Olympic final.
She told BBC Sport: ‘It was a super sick final. All the girls were ripping it, it was insane.
‘This is incredible – it feels unreal! I’m so happy to be here – I’m blessed. I was definitely bumped.
‘I fell twice, that made the last run feel even better.’
When asked what she would be doing next, Brown replied: ‘Hang out with some friends, and party!’
The 13-year-old could not believe it after pulling off the perfect final run with the pressure on
Brown, 13, was consoled by her friend Sakura Yosozumi – who took gold – after her falls and said she found the courage to go again from the Japanese skateboarder.
‘I was a little shocked,’ Brown said. ‘It was like, “Am I going to make it?” Sakura was “You got it Sky, I really know you’re going to make it. Go.” That made me feel better.’
Brown said her father also gave her encouragement. ‘He was like, “It’s just a contest. If you fall it doesn’t matter. Put it behind you. That made me feel better. It is just a contest. If you fall that’s what it is.”’
Team GB’s teenage star showed off her skills from the get-go and deserved her bronze medal
‘Going into the final I wasn’t nervous. Before the check-out, I was a little nervous but I mean I’m happy to be here and I just wanted to land my trick. I didn’t care about what place I got. I just wanted to land my trick.
‘An accident I suffered last year was pretty bad and it was a hard time for my parents. So coming back really is so cool and getting bronze really is so cool too. It really made me stronger.
‘Anyone can do this sport. That’s what’s cool about skateboarding, you don’t have to be a certain height or age. Honestly do it whenever you want. It doesn’t matter about height or age, honestly. Just go for it.’
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