Team GB’s youngest Olympian Sky Brown suffered heart and lung lacerations, a broken left arm and hand and memory loss after a head-first fall in training… but she was back skateboarding within two months
- Sky Brown suffered the terrible injuries after falling from a 4.5-metre ramp
- However, the 13-year-old says the incident made her want to bounce back
- Brown switched allegiance to Britain in 2019 because of the governing body
- The teenager won her Olympic qualifier aged 10 despite having her arm in a cast
- She is ranked third in the world and already has a world championship medal
- Brown is hoping to inspire more girls to take up the sport through her routines
Sky Brown will complete a remarkable recovery from a fractured skull when the skateboarder competes as Team GB’s youngest Olympian in Tokyo.
The 13-year-old also suffered lacerations to her heart and lungs, and a broken left arm and hand when she fell head-first from a 4.5-metre ramp while training in May last year.
She was left with temporary memory loss after being knocked out, but the horrific experience dimmed none of her enthusiasm for the sport and she was back skating within two months.
Sky Brown was back skating within two months after her horrific accident in May last year
Brown won her Olympic qualifier aged 10 despite having her arm in a cast from another crash
‘I was just skating, like every day, and then I was knocked out — I don’t remember anything about the fall,’ she told the Guardian.
‘But it actually made me more excited and more pumped up. It made me want to go harder.’
Brown divides her time between California and Japan, where she was born to a Japanese mother and English father.
She switched allegiance from Japan to Britain in March 2019 because she preferred the ‘more relaxed approach’ of her adopted country’s governing body.
Aged only 10 at the time of the first Olympic qualifier, she won it despite competing with her arm in a cast, having broken it in another accident.
She has also won world championship bronze and is ranked third globally, but shows no signs of pressure from the expectations on her.
The 13-year-old star hopes her exploits can inspire other girls to take up skateboarding
Instead, with skateboarding making its debut at the Olympics, she hopes to inspire a whole generation of skaters to take up the sport.
‘I’m not nervous,’ she said. ‘I want to try to push boundaries and close the gender gap in skateboarding. I hope I can inspire some girls.
‘It would be so cool to get a gold medal. But more than that, I want to inspire people.’