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Sky Brown: The 10-year-old skateboarder hoping to make Tokyo 2020

Sky Brown: The 10-year-old skateboarder hoping to make Tokyo 2020

14/03/2019 at 14:32Updated 14/03/2019 at 15:56

What were you doing aged 10? Perhaps you were praying your Tamagotchi lived another day, crying over a shocking Pokémon trade or stamping on your sibling’s Lego creation.

You probably (read: definitely) weren’t trying to qualify for the Olympic Games. But for the world’s youngest professional skateboarder, that lofty ambition is a reality.

Sky Brown is bidding to reach Tokyo 2020 after she was named in Great Britain’s squad for upcoming Olympic qualifying events.

"I’m really looking forward to be given the chance to qualify for the Olympic Games," she said. "Although I like skating because it’s fun, it would be really cool to compete in the city where I was born [Tokyo]."

Brown would become Britain’s youngest-ever summer Olympian by appearing in Japan, eclipsing swimmer Margery Hinton (13 years and 43 days) who competed at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

And if it doesn’t quite go to plan, Brown can always fall back on careers in dancing or surfing.

Brown won US show ‘Dancing with the Stars Juniors’ in December last year, while she is also dreaming of becoming a champion on the waves too.

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HOW WILL SKATEBOARDING WORK AT THE OLYMPICS?

Tokyo 2020 features two disciplines: street and park. The former will be held on a straight ‘street-like’ course including stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls and slopes. The latter takes place in hollowed-out arenas which resemble wavy bowls.

Riders are free to tackle the course/arena as they wish, with judges inspecting tricks, flow, speed, timing, stability and the ability to create the sensation of being suspended in mid-air.

HOW DO YOU QUALIFY?

A skateboarder must be ranked in the world’s top 20 in their chosen discipline at the end of the Olympic qualification period, with points earned at various events in the run-up to the Games. Only 80 skateboarders will be in Tokyo – 20 men and women in each discipline – so competition will be fierce…

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