Two preteen skateboarders remain in the Olympic spotlight! Sky Brown and Kokona Hiraki, both 12 years of ages, have actually formally certified to complete in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. So here’s whatever you require to understand about the young, skilled professional athletes!
Sky Brown (Great Britain)
Back in May, Sky skated her method into the Sumer Olympic Games after ending up 2nd behind Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi in the Women’s Park occasion at the Dew Tour in Iowa. The success was an excellent turn-around from in 2015 when she was going through an absolutely various experience. Last May, Brown fell off a ramp in California and broke her wrist, and suffered skull fractures.
“It was a year ago yesterday since my accident and now I’m feeling better than ever,” Brown composed on her Instagram on the anniversary of her mishap. She included, “Thank you to my family that keep me strong and make everyday fun. Thank you to the doctors and the nurses at Radys that saved my life, and fixed me. Thank you to everyone that helped me.”
Sky likes to “skate, surf, dance, laugh, and have fun,” according to her Instagram account. She’s likewise an author. Her book, Sky’s The Limit, is offered on Penguin Random House. Sky is likewise a music artist; her tune, “Girl,” can be discovered on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and others.
Sky will be Great Britain’s youngest Summer Olympian, according to Reuters. Figure skater, Cecilia Colledge, who contended at the 1932 Winter Olympics when she was 11 years of ages, stays Britain’s youngest Olympian, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Kokona Hiraki (Japan)
Like Brown, Hiraki will represent her nation and end up being Japan’s youngest Summer Olympian. Before her, it was 13-year-old swimmer, Yukari Takemoto, who contended in the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
The 12-year-old completed fifth at the Dew Tour occasion. She will sign up with Yosozumi, who completed initially, in the Olympic Games. “I was enjoying it just as usual. I wasn’t as nervous as usual,” Hiraki informed The Japan Times.
The ladies will be amongst 20 skate professional athletes contending. This will be the very first year that skateboarding will make its Olympic launching. The Tokyo Games occur in between July 23 through Aug. 8 at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo. If either lady wins a medal, they will be the youngest Olympian considering that springboard scuba diver, Marjorie Gestring, who used the gold at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.