There aren’t many 10-year-olds who can quickly garner international attention. Then again, there aren’t many kids who are skateboarding like Sky Brown, a girl who is already beating grown men in competitions.
Sky, who’s from Miyazaki, Japan, started skateboarding (much to her parents’ dismay) at two years old.
“I didn’t want her to get on a skateboard,” her father, Stu Brown, told Women In The World. “You have a little girl and you want to wrap her in cotton wool. But it was the one toy she kept going back to.”
And, because she got her kicks on four wheels, she quickly developed into a talented skater, and overall athlete.
Now she’s pulling off unthinkable tricks for someone who just turned double-digits, including a triple kickflip and a 540 rodeo flip, which she stomps at the 20-second mark of this video:
She’s still too young to compete at the X Games, according to event organizers, but she’s got her sights set on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
“I would like to go to the Olympics while I’m young — I don’t really wanna be 16 or something going to the Olympics [for the first time]. I wanna be young and show every girl that you can do it, just go for it — even though you’re little,” she said with a typical 10-year-old’s perspective on the definition of “old.”
While her mission is to rack up hardware in both skating and surfing (she got her first surfing sponsorship at the age of 7), she has an underlying goal in mind as well.
“In Japan, there are a lot of girls that don’t participate in sports and it is looked at more as something for boys to do,” she told Teen Vogue. “I want to change this so girls can see they can do the same activities as boys if not better. Girls can do anything and we shouldn’t care what people say.”
Here’s more on Sky, including footage of her skateboarding off a parked van.
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) February 2, 2018
Will we see a 12-year-old Sky representing her country on the world’s stage? Only time will tell. In the meantime, we’ll follow along and continue picking our jaws up off the floor.