Sukai Buraun, better known as Sky Brown, born on July 7, 2008, is a British-Japanese skateboarder. She is known for being one of the youngest professional skateboarders in the world who represented Great Britain in various championships. Brown started skateboarding at an early age by learning tricks from YouTube tutorials. When she was just eight years old, Brown became known as the youngest contestant in the 2016 Vans U.S. Open. She became a professional athlete at the age of 10, competing in many popular competitions such as the Vans Park Series, World Skateboarding Championship, and X Games. Her most notable achievement, however, was becoming Great Britain’s youngest medalist in the 2020 Summer Olympics. At such an early age, Brown continuously proved herself in the world of skateboarding. If you’re a fan, keep reading to get to know her better.
Sukai, Sukimo, Sky
July 7, 2008
From a young age, Sky Brown surprised skateboarding fans around the world. It is undeniably impressive how she had much experience and even wins competing in big skateboarding events all around the world. You just cannot ignore how she’s killing it in competition but never forget to always be cheerful and have a lot of fun. Brown was born on July 7, 2008, in Miyazaki, Japan. She is of Japanese and British descent. Not much is said about Brown’s personal life other than some information about her family. Her father, Stuart Brown, is British and was also a professional skater. Her mother, Mieko, is Japanese. It’s also notable that Brown has a younger brother named Ocean Brown who is also a professional skater too. Through many social media posts, we can see that the siblings have a tight bond as they spend a lot of time together.
From an early age, she was exposed to the world of skateboarding as her family embraced the sport. As expected, Brown was quick to put her feet on the board, practicing in her school’s skatepark or the ramp at her home in Takanabe, Miyazaki. With her incredible skill, Brown never trained with a skateboarding coach. Reports have said that she learned her tricks through YouTube sessions and occasionally practice with “Olympic” snowboarding medalist — Shaun White.
With a genuine passion for skateboarding and the willingness to practice hard, it was no doubt that Brown was going to be a successful skater in the years to come. Well, that is definitely in her track record so far. Following her father’s footsteps, Brown started skating at the age of three. She made her competition debut when she participated in the 2016 ” Vans U.S. Open” at the age of eight —making her the youngest contestant in the event. At the age of ten, she officially became a professional athlete, being granted sponsorship by the skateboarding brand Skateistan (2018). Brown also made an appearance in the X Games’ where she won fifth place and became the first female to land a ‘frontside 540’ in the competition (2019). Later on, Brown went on to win third place at the World Skateboarding Championships in Brazil (2020). In the same year, Brown got into a horrific skateboarding accident when she was training with Tony Hawk’s private practicing hall. She suffered from a fractured skull and a broken left wrist. Her father was very scared and said that she was “lucky to be alive.” Despite the accident, Brown never backed down from practicing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after her recovery. In the following year, Brown was chosen to represent Great Britain at the delayed 2020 “Summer Olympics.” She won a bronze medal in the women’s skateboarding event and became Great Britain’s all-time youngest medalist (2021). In that same year, Brown also won gold at the women’s skateboarding event (2021). Aside from skateboarding, Brown also has an interest in surfing and dance. She won “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” (2018).
At the age of eight, Brown becomes the youngest contestant in the Vans U.S. Open.
At the age of ten, Brown turns pro and gains sponsorship from Skateistan.
Brown announces in March 2019 that she is going to represent Great Britain in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Brown wins third place at the World Skateboarding Championship in Brazil.
During a practice session with Tony Hawk, Brown suffers a fractured skull and broken wrist after falling from a halfpipe ramp.
Brown competes in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal and becoming Great Britain’s youngest medal winner.
On December 19, 2021, B.B.C. Awards crowns Brown as the 2021 B.B.C. Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Why We Love Sky Brown
She aims to inspire girls around the world
She claimed that one of the reasons she competed in the Summer Olympics was to tell all girls that they can achieve anything they want. She doesn’t mind being the only girl when she’s in a skate park because she believes that girls can also do what boys do.
She is determined and brave
Even after a terrible accident that would threaten her life, Brown was still determined to finish recovery and continue practicing for the Summer Olympics. It was also said that she was already able to jump off a 12-stair set before she was even ten.
She’s passionate about helping people
With multiple highlights in her career, Brown never forgets to give back to people. She dreams of traveling to unprivileged places to teach kids how to skate. She is also sponsored by Skateistan, a skate school, and charity dedicated to providing food and education in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and South Africa.
5 Surprising Facts About Brown
She loves Sia and Nicki Minaj’s music
To hype herself up for competitions, Brown would listen to Sia and Nicki Minaj’s music.
She’s also a talented soccer player
Brown is the only girl to join her Japanese school soccer team.
She has her own Barbie doll
In December 2020, Mattel announced that there will be a Sky Brown Barbie doll made in her honor.
Her skills were approved by Tony hawk
The well-known skater Tony Hawk has said that Brown is a promising skater with talents way ahead of her age.
She’s already appeared in commercials
Made for the big screen, the young skater has already appeared in various commercials for companies including Samsung and GoPro.
Sky Brown FAQs
Can Brown speak Japanese?
Yes, Brown speaks both English and Japanese.
Does Brown go to school?
Yes. Brown never finds difficulty balancing her career with being a teenager. She goes to a charter school three times a week and does the rest of her learning online.
How old was Brown when she won at the Tokyo Olympics
Brown was 13 years old, making her Great Britain’s youngest Olympic medal winner of all time.
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