Congratulations to the winner of DWTS: Juniors, Sky Brown. The 13 year old athlete from Great Britain won the Bronze medal in Women’s Skateboarding Park today at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Sky won DWTS: Juniors in 2018, the one and only Junior season of the franchise that ABC ever aired. She danced with pro-partner JT Church, a young dancer who came in second in So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation in 2016. Like DWTS, SYTYCD aired only one Junior season.
Sky turned 13 on July 8 and is a third-ranked skateboarder in the world.
In Tokyo, Sky made history when she became the youngest Team GB athlete, breaking swimmer Margery Hinton’s 93-year-old record from the 1928 Summer Games. Hinton was 13 years and 44 days old.
The 4’6″ skateboarder who has a Japanese mother and English father, splits her time in Japan and Oceanside, California. Sky, who is also a surfer, first started skateboarding at age 3 on the ramp her dad built in their backyard.
“It’s crazy to be here. It’s been really fun. Everyone is just ripping and it’s awesome,” Brown told reporters after earning the top score in her preliminary heat. “I didn’t really think about the scores, but I’m really stoked for that score. I’m just skating like I usually do, trying to land my tricks and have fun.”
“It’s just unbelievable to be here, and getting a good score and getting up high on the rankings is just crazy,” she added. I’m just so happy.” Her DWTS mentor, Alan Bersten was reportedly cheering her on in the virtual audience.
If the Olympics had gone on as scheduled in 2020 instead of being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemci, Sky would have not been able to compete. In May 2020, she fractured her skull, broke her wrist and arm and lacerated a lung while at Tony Hawk’s 13.5-foot vert ramp.
The gold medal went to Sakura Yoshizumi, a 19-year-old who is ranked No. 1 in the world, with her best score of 60.09. Second place went to Kokona Hiraki, who at just 12 years old is ranked the sixth-best skater in the world.