Thirteen-year-old Sky Brown won bronze at the Tokyo Games for the women’s skateboarding final, but her win comes off the back of a dangerous fall during training last year.
The teen skateboarder has made history as Team Great Britain’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist. Brown took bronze in the women’s park skateboarding final in the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday morning, just a few weeks after her thirteenth birthday.
Brown, who is known here in the U.S. as a social media influencer and reality show star, after competing in and winning Dancing With The Stars, said she hoped her win inspired other girls to compete.
However, the British skateboarder is “lucky to be alive” after suffering multiple injuries during a fall while training in California last year.
After falling off the end of a skate ramp at high speed, she fractured her skull, broke her left wrist, and suffered tearing to both her lungs and stomach.
She was unresponsive after being airlifted by a helicopter to the hospital, but thankfully, she made a full recovery.
“That accident was really bad,” said Brown. “It was a hard time for my parents. It was a hard time for a lot of people. Coming back and getting bronze is really so cool. I’m really happy. It really made me stronger.”
Her father Stewart said at the time: “Sky landed head-first off a ramp on her hand. When she first came to the hospital, everyone was fearful for her life.
“Sky had the gnarliest fall she’s ever had and is lucky to be alive. Sky remains positive and strong, the whole medical team is shocked to see her positivity.”
Brown says her helmet and arm saved her life after the accident, but was always hopeful she would compete at the Tokyo Games: “This will not stop me. I am going for gold in Tokyo in 202,” she said shortly after the accident. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021 and nothing will stop me.
“I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them, because I want people to see the fun in what I do, but this was my worst fall.
“I want everybody to know that it’s okay, don’t worry, I’m okay. It’s okay to fall sometimes, I’m just going to get back up and push even harder. I know there are a lot of things going on in the world right now.
“But I want everybody to know that whatever we do we’re just going to do it with love and happiness.
“I’m excited to come back even stronger and even tougher,” Brown added. “My heart wants to go so hard right now. I’m just waiting for my body to catch up.”