Sky Brown: Olympic medal-winning skater, surfer and social media star and still just 13

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Olympic bronze medal winner Sky Brown has arguably accomplished more in her young life than many of her contemporaries will manage in a lifetime.

The 13-year-old already had a World Championship skateboarding medal and victory on the American television series Dancing With The Stars: Juniors before she even arrived in Tokyo.

But on a boiling hot day at Ariake Urban Park, Brown added another accolade to her name by becoming Great Britain's youngest Olympic medallist of all time.

Taking the bronze at 13 years and 28 days old, Brown was not even the youngest athlete on the medal podium, with that honour going to Japan's 12-year-old silver medallist Kokona Hiraki.

But as well as being a star on the ramps and half-pipe, Brown, who is also a pro-surfer, is fast becoming a social media star.

She and younger brother Ocean, who surfs and skates as well, have a YouTube channel that has racked up more than 54 million views and she has over one million Instagram followers.

Their father Stu was a skateboarder and Sky emulated him early, learning her tricks via YouTube which she would then try to match on a makeshift ramp in the family's back garden.

She proved so successful that at the age of 10 she became the youngest professional skateboarder in the world and even landed a sponsorship contract with Nike, featuring in a campaign with Serena Williams and Simone Biles.

The family now live in Miyazaki, Japan (for surfing), and Huntington Beach, California (for skating).

The year after winning Dancing With The Stars in 2018 Brown committed to trying to fulfil her Olympic ambitions representing Great Britain, having previously indicated she might represent the country of her birth.

Stu dissuaded her from an initial ambition to also try to compete in surfing, although she is adamant that that will be her goal at the Paris Olympics in just three years' time.

Brown finished third at the park World Championships in Sao Paolo in 2019, a performance that effectively secured her place at the Olympics, although her future in the sport was thrown into doubt by a horrific crash in training in May last year.

She suffered a fractured skull and various other injuries during a dramatic fall from a half-pipe, which she captured and posted on social media.

From her hospital bed, she wrote: "I'm excited to come back even stronger and tougher. My heart wants to go so hard right now."

Despite initial doubts over whether she would even continue in the sport, Brown proved as good as her word.

She warmed up for her Olympic debut by winning gold at the prestigious X Games last month.

But the most high-profile moment of her young life was yet to come.

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