Sky Brown to be Britain's youngest summer Olympian
London (AFP) –
Skateboarder Sky Brown will be Britain's youngest ever competitor in a summer Olympics after being named in the team for the Tokyo Games.
Brown will be 13 years and 11 days old when she competes in Japan, beating the record set by Margery Hinton, who was 31 days older when she swam in Amsterdam in 1928.
Japan-born Brown, who turns 13 on July 12, won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Sao Paolo and ranked third after a series of qualification events.
She was rushed to a California hospital by helicopter after a horrific fall in training last year that left her with skull fractures, as well as a broken wrist and hand.
Brown's mother is Japanese and her father is British, with the youngster living in Japan and the United States.
She is famous in the US for winning the 2018 reality TV show Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
Brown will be joined by fellow British teenager Bombette Martin in the park discipline when their sport makes its Olympic debut.
Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: "It is incredibly exciting to announce Sky and Bombette to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
"Not only will they both make history as Team GB's first ever skateboarders, but Sky will also make history of her own as she becomes our youngest ever summer Olympian."
Britain's youngest overall Olympian remains Cecilia Colledge, who was 11 years old when she competed in figure skating at the 1932 Winter Games.
The youngest female competitor was the Italian gymnast Luigina Giavotti, who competed in 1928 aged 11 years 301 days.
The youngest confirmed male Olympian was Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras aged 10 years and 218 years old at Athens in 1896 but some claim an unnamed member of the Dutch men's rowing team at Paris in 1900 was younger.
The Tokyo Olympics, delayed from last year due to the coronavirus, will be held from July 23 to August 8.
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