‘I love bangers and mash’: Team GB skateboard bronze medallist Sky Brown, 13, reveals her favourite British foods – and how she wants to compete for the UK at BOTH skateboarding and surfing as her multi-million pound career takes off
- Sky Brown ,13, made history when she became GB’s youngest Olympic medallist
- The youngster secured bronze in the skateboarding final at Tokyo 2020 games
- Sky already has her sights set on Paris 2024, hoping to also compete in surfing
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
Skateboarding sensation Sky Brown has revealed she’s a fan of bangers and mash as she looks ahead and says she is considering competing in both surfing and skateboarding for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The 13-year-old secured her place in the history books after becoming the youngest ever medallist for Team GB when she bagged bronze in the skateboarding final.
But the talented youngster already has her sights set on the next challenge as she revealed she is hoping to add surfing to her Olympic repertoire at the Paris games.
Speaking to Sky News in Tokyo this morning, Sky said: ‘It definitely is possible but I do know it’s going to be hard – it’s going to be very hard.
‘But honestly I love surfing, I love skating and surfing and skating with my friends will be fun.
Pictured: Skateboarder Sky Brown surfing at a beach in Takanabe town in Japan in 2018
Skateboarding sensation Sky Brown (pictured on Sky News this morning) has revealed she wants to compete in surfing and skateboarding at the next Olympic Games in three years time
‘Going to Paris would be awesome. It’s like one of my favourite countries and Fiji, I mean it would be awesome.’
Surfing events are held in French Polynesia so there would be logistical challenges to overcome if she is to compete in both but the young Olympian seemed motivated to make it happen.
Sky was born in Japan but lives in San Diego with her British father Stuart, a skateboarder and marketing executive originally from Cornwall, and Japanese mother Miko, a housewife.
She is understood to have never lived in the UK but has visited the country to compete since she was nine, beating a Team GB selector at a trial in Bath aged just nine.
Sky Brown is already understood to be a millionaire and is Nike’s youngest ambassador but after her successful performance at Tokyo 2020 she is going to be an even bigger star
Sky Brown of Great Britain competes in the final of the Women’s Park Skateboarding on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
She told Sky News she was a fan of London, adding: ‘We do love London – we go there quite a bit and it’s beautiful. I love London. I love the accents and the food, bangers and mash, I love it all.’
The teenager could have represented Britain or Japan but chose the country of her father’s birth in 2018 when she was ten, and said: ‘The British Skateboarding Association, they told me ‘No pressure, just have fun and get out there’. So that’s why I chose England’.
She added: ‘My parents thought it would be too much pressure, so we weren’t going to do it. But I begged and begged’.
After a breakfast of kimchi and fermented soya beans, she attends a school in Orange County two days a week with the rest of her education done online.
Sky fell twice in the final before her perfect last run (pictured) pushed her up into third place
Pictured: At 13 years old, Sky Brown (left at the Tokyo Games ) is the youngest Nike-sponsored athlete on the planet (right) and has appeared in ads with Serena Williams and Simone Biles
This allows her to do up to six hours of surfing and skateboarding each day and travel to events around the globe.
She also spends some of the year in Japan, where she was born in 2008, but the family have had to build a skateboard ramp in the family garden.
Responding to her plans to compete in her two favourite sports at the next games, her father said: ‘It’ll be up to her by then. She’ll be 16, and it’s hard enough now. But she’s straight back to school and do the things that families do. We’ll take her off social media for a little while.’
The skateboarding sensation is already worth an estimated £3.5million ($5m) and could be offered up to £2million in new endorsements in 2021 after she became Britain’s youngest Olympic medallist in history.
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