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Britain's 13-year-old Sky Brown Win's Bronze In Board Skating by TheGiftedOne(m): 7:52am On Aug 04
Skateboarding sensation Sky Brown today became Britain’s youngest Olympic medallist in history - a month after her 13th birthday - as she grabbed bronze at Tokyo 2020.

The teenager showed extraordinary skill to finish third after two big falls in the final and just a year after fracturing her skull in a training crash that could have killed her.

Sky lives in San Diego with her British father Stewart, a skateboarder and marketing executive, and Japanese mother Miko, and as well as being the youngest professional skatyeboarder in the world, she is the youngest Nike-sponsored athlete on the planet appearing in ads with Serena Williams and Simone Biles.

She is said to be worth $5million already, with a series of endorsements with other big brands including Vans and Billabong, who also support her because she is also a prodigious talent on a surf board. But after today's success her fame and fortune is expected to soar further.

Today she entered the history books at 13 years and 28 days old, becoming the youngest Briton ever to compete for the nation at an Olympics and then grabbing bronze having left it all on her third and final run, after falling in her first two routines.

She was overwhelmed with relief when nailing her routine third time around, to leap above Japan’s Misugu Okamoto into bronze medal position. Virtually the entire field of competitors surrounded Brown and embraced her as she dissolved into tears. When she emerged from the huddle, it was clear that she was delighted.

At that stage, her medal seemed in grave jeopardy. Still to go on her last routine was Okamoto – the world No 1, who beat her to the world title in Sao Paulo.

But Okamoto fell and was devastated as she lay on the track. Her opponents shouldered her from the track. Brown, the subject of intense attention across the globe before this competition, had taken bronze.

After Okamoto nailed the heats, it seemed like she was the big danger. But Sakura Yosozumi was the one who staked a huge claim, with her first score of 60.09 – which was always going to take some beating.

Brown immediately realised what the Japanese had achieved and ran to embrace her even before the score flashed up. The two are clearly close and spent some of the final together watching others compete. It is a different kind of competitiveness in this sport.

Twice, Brown fell as she attempted to match Yosozumi, But each time she could not complete the course. Her first run still managed to put her into third place but she was out of the medals a she went down for the third and last time.

She succeeded, despite the blistering heat here. It is the hottest day of the Tokyo Olympics with temperature at the Ariake Urban Sports Park of 33 celcius, with a 90 per cent humidity.

Her routine included her signature ‘frontside 540’ which entails one and a half spins. Her ability to repeatedly lean while she span – ‘corking it out’ as it is known in the sport – also put her well ahead of the field.

She has surpassed the summer British record of Margery Hinton, who was 13 years and 43 days when she competed in swimming at the 1928 Games. British figure skater Cecilia Colledge was 15 when she won figure skating silver in 1936. Brown is also the youngest Olympic medallist of any nationality since Inge Sorensen of Denmark, who was 12 years 24 days when she won bronze in the 200m breaststroke in 1936.

Brown is Nike's youngest-sponsored athlete, has a million Instagram fans and YouTube channel... but nearly lost career to horrific accident two years ago

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Re: Britain's 13-year-old Sky Brown Win's Bronze In Board Skating by TheEnygma(m): 8:08am On Aug 04
You mean that full blown woman wey I see so na just 13 years.... Na wah oh!!!

With the way children bare growing this days, the number of guys accused of statuary rape will increase.
Re: Britain's 13-year-old Sky Brown Win's Bronze In Board Skating by paulolee(m): 9:18am On Aug 04
so adorable...but in NY country is not the same...back den a 13yr old kid is focused about school and in a class room..
but now a 13 year old boy is thinking about joining H.K to start bombing while a 13yr old girl is thinking about becoming a slay queen..

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