Olympics - British skateboard prodigy Sky Brown reveals dual-sport dream at Tokyo
She's caught the attention of the world with her skill on the skateboard, and now 12-year-old Sky Brown has announced that she would love to compete in two sports at the Olympic Games later this year. Brown will be the only female member of Team GB when skateboarding makes its highly-anticipated debut in July in Tokyo.
Twelve-year-old skateboarding prodigy Sky Brown said she has fully recovered from her life-threatening fall last May and plans to broaden her horizons by adding surfing to her Olympic schedule.
Brown, who will be the only female member of Team GB when skateboarding makes its highly-anticipated debut in July, suffered skull fractures and a broken wrist and hand after she fell from a half-pipe in Southern 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.
Brown said the experience has only added fuel to her considerable fire.
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," a beaming Brown told Reuters in an interview from her home in Oceanside, California.
"It just made me feel like I want to push harder, go stronger and show that even if you fall, you've got to get back up."
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Brown has excelled on both boards from an early age and would be a formidable dual-threat Olympian.
"I love surfing as much as I love skating," said Brown, who won bronze at the 2019 World Skateboarding Championship in the sport's park discipline.
"That would be my dream."
A spokesperson for Brown said it is still possible for her to qualify for Britain's surfing team in Tokyo but she would first need to compete in the British Cup, and it is unclear if she will allowed to do so.
If not, she will have to wait until the Paris Olympics come around in three years time.
Competing in both sports would greatly expand Brown's medal-earning opportunities and make her a potentially transformational Olympic figure at a time when the Games are trying to appeal to a younger demographic.