‘Just go for it’

9-year-old skateboarding prodigy sets sights on X Games and Summer Olympics

Sky Brown (Twitter)

At age 9, Japanese skateboarder Sky Brown is already beating adult men in competitions, jumping off the tops of buses, and aiming to compete in this year’s X Games and during the 2020 Summer Olympics. Even before she turned 3, said Sky’s father, Stu Brown, Sky was already obsessed with skateboards.

“I didn’t want her to get on a skateboard,” he recalled. “You have a little girl and you want to wrap her in cotton wool. But it was the one toy she kept going back to.”

Sky, her parents soon realized, was a born adrenaline junky. By age 7, she had even secured her first major sponsorship deal — as a professional surfer.

“I don’t really get scared,” she told AFP in an interview near her home in Miyazaki. “The more you get scared, the more exciting it is. I love skating because it makes me feel free.”

And while event organizers at the X Games have expressed misgivings about allowing a 9-year-old girl to go up against adult professional skaters, the sport’s governing body has made clear that there will be no age limit for the coming Olympics.

“I’ve thought about the Tokyo Olympics a lot,” Sky said. “I’ll be maybe like 12 or something … I think it will be awesome. It’s mostly about having fun — it will be so cool if I win though! But for me I’d like to go in there and just have fun, just be me.”

“I would like to go to the Olympics while I’m young — I don’t really wanna be 16 or something going to the Olympics,” she added, apparently bemused by the idea of competing at such an old age. “I wanna be young and show every girl that you can do it, just go for it — even though you’re little!”

Watch video of Sky below.

Read the full story at Channel News Asia.

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