Sky Brown of Great Britain makes history as one of the two youngest Olympians to snag an Olympic Medal since the 1930s.
Your 13th year of life is usually full of changes. You’re entering your first year of teenage life, enjoying your transition from middle to high school, and all of the awkwardness that comes with being an adolescent. That’s usually how the average 13-year-old experience goes.
But for Sky Brown of Great Britain, being 13 means participating on the biggest stage of athletic competition. Partner that with being one of the best in the world at what you do, that makes for an extraordinary teenage experience.
Sky Brown takes home the bronze in skateboarding, making her one of the youngest athletes to win a medal
Brown is likely not even a quarter of a way into her life yet and has made a mark that will be historical for her home country of Great Britain. The last person to be that young and win a medal would be Marjorie Gestring in the 1936 Olympic Games at 13 years and 268 days old. Brown is one of the two youngest Olympic Medalists, in a sport that debuted just this year.
Brown’s co-record breaker, Kokona Hiraki of Japan, is just a year her junior and took home the silver. Sakura Yosozumi, also from Japan, is 19. The oldest competitor in this event? 46 years old with Dallas Oberholzer of South Africa according to a report by the New York Post.
All around Skateboarding is a sport of all ages, but it looks like the youth are keeping it in good hands.