Eighty skate boarders have formally qualified for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, and two names you will need to be careful for are Sky Brown and Kokona Hiraki. Representing Nice Britain and Japan, respectively, these skaters are ranked third and sixth on the planet within the park self-discipline, which suggests they’ve an actual shot of getting on the rostrum. Much more spectacular? They’re each simply 12 years outdated. If both Brown or Hiraki do earn a medal, they will be the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936.
Hiraki will make historical past as Japan’s youngest Olympian on record. Brown dreamed of doing the same for Nice Britain, however the Video games’ postponement took her one 12 months previous the youngest British Olympian, 1932 determine skater Cecilia Colledge. Brown nonetheless has an opportunity to be the youngest British athlete to compete within the Summer season Olympics, as soon as the she’s formally chosen by the British Olympic workforce.
With skateboarding making its debut on the Olympics this 12 months, Brown and Hiraki are simply two of the numerous proficient athletes we’re excited to observe. Park skateboarding, their self-discipline, options high-flying methods and massive air carried out in a bowl; road skateboarding is all about executing quick and complicated strikes on a “street-like” course with stairs, handrails, curbs, and slopes. We can’t lacking a second of both one this July.
To study extra about all of the Olympic hopefuls, go to TeamUSA.org. The Tokyo Olympics start July 23 on NBC.