Brown set to become Great Britain's youngest-ever summer Olympian when she competes at the age of 13. She'll be joined by Martin when skateboarding makes its debut at Tokyo 2020.
Team GB have announced their first-ever Olympic skateboarding team with Sky Brown and Bombette Martin both heading to Tokyo 2020. Brown, who will become the country's youngest-ever summer Olympian at 13 years and 11 days, qualified third during the World Skate qualification season. She will be joined by Martin who qualified in 18th position.
Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England, said: “It is incredibly exciting to announce Sky and Bombette to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Not only will they both make history as Team GB’s first-ever skateboarders, but Sky will also make history of her own as she becomes our youngest ever summer Olympian.
“Competing at the heart of the Games at the Ariake Urban Sports Park, I am sure the skateboarding park competition will capture the imagination of the Team GB fans, just like freestyle snow sports did when they were introduced to the Olympic Programme. I couldn’t think of two better athletes to act as ambassadors for Team GB in this exciting new Olympic sport and we wish Sky and Bombette the very best of luck in their final preparations.”
It's more than a dream come true
Brown has been in stellar form in recent months, finishing second in May's Dew Tour event that took place in Iowa, USA. She is expected to be one of Great Britain's biggest medal hopes once the Games begin in Tokyo.
Following news of the announcement, Brown expressed her excitement at the prospect of becoming GB's youngest ever Olympian.
"It's a crazy feeling," she said. "It's more than a dream come true. It's insane, I'm so stoked, and I am going to try my best."
Brown returns from injury to book a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
In May 2020, Brown suffered a brutal crash and fractured skull during a skateboarding practice session, but just a month later she was back on the half-pipe and planning her route to Tokyo.
"The recovery from that accident was really fast," Brown explained in a virtual press conference following news of today's announcement. It was a pretty bad accident. I was knocked out for 12-16 hours. I couldn't see my brother the whole time. And my parents were just one at time. I was excited. I actually felt stronger. I did the mega ramp after that."
In an exclusive interview with the Olympic Channel Podcast a year after the crash, the athlete spoke about how she is aiming to be an inspiration to young female skateboarders, saying:
"I'm really trying to push boundaries for girls skateboarding by going high and doing tricks that many people aren't doing."
Brown, who was born in Miyazaki, Japan to a Japanese mother and British father, is expected to be one of the most popular faces at this year's Olympics. Currently ranked third in the world behind Japan’s OKAMOTO Misugu and YOSOZUMI Sakura, she is a genuine medal contender despite her age and size.
"[At contests] there's really good people from all around the world and [even] the people you look up to. So it just makes you want to go harder when you see them," Sky said.
Now she has the chance to make history in Tokyo as one half of the inaugural Great Britain skateboarding team.
CEO of Skateboard GB James Hope-Gill was excited at the prospect of having both Brown and Martin representing the country in Tokyo: “We are so excited to see two GB skateboarders qualify for the Games. Both girls have such amazing talent and are an inspiration to other skateboarders out there, showing people that anything is possible, no matter your age.
“Over the last two years we have worked with Sky and Bombette to help them with their preparations and today’s announcement shows how their hard work has paid off. We wish them the best of luck”.