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The Sky’s the Limit

A skateboarding star talks about her favorite sport and her dreams for the future.

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At a California skate park, 11-year-old Sky Brown zips back and forth across a U-shaped ramp. Suddenly, she launches herself into the air from the top of the ramp. She clutches the skateboard under her feet with one hand and spins around one-and-a-half times. Then she lands gracefully back on the concrete ramp.

Sound tough? It is! Known as a frontside 540, this trick is one of the most challenging stunts in skateboarding. But Sky makes it look easy. Though she’s still in middle school, she’s already one of the top professional skaters in the world. And she’s got big dreams for her future.

At a California skate park, 11-year-old Sky Brown zips back and forth across a ramp. Suddenly, she launches herself into the air. She clutches the skateboard under her feet with one hand. Then she spins around one-and-a-half times. Finally, she lands back on the concrete ramp.

Sound tough? It is! The trick is known as a frontside 540. It is one of the most challenging stunts in skateboarding. But Sky makes it look easy. Though she’s still in middle school, she’s already one of the top professional skaters in the world. And she’s got big dreams for her future.

Born to Skate

Sky’s dad is from Great Britain and her mom is from Japan, so Sky is a citizen of both countries. She was born in Japan, where she learned to skate when she was 2 years old.

“My dad was always skating, and I wanted to get on a board just like him!” Sky says. “I’m sure I fell a lot in the beginning.”

Before long, it was clear that Sky had incredible talent. When she was 7, she began skating in competitions around the world. Last September, Sky wowed the crowds—and the judges—at the Skateboarding World Championships in Brazil. She won a bronze medal.

Sky’s dad is from Great Britain. Her mom is from Japan. Sky is a citizen of both countries. She was born in Japan, where she learned to skate when she was 2 years old.

“My dad was always skating, and I wanted to get on a board just like him!” Sky says. “I’m sure I fell a lot in the beginning.”

Before long, it was clear that Sky had incredible talent. When she was 7, she began skating in competitions around the world. Last summer, Sky wowed the crowds at the Skateboarding World Championships in Brazil. She won a bronze medal.

For the Fun of It

Today, Sky lives in California, where she trains every day. She watches YouTube videos to learn new tricks, then spends hours perfecting them at area skate parks. But she says that to her, practicing isn’t a job. It’s more like playing.

“At the end of the day, I just want to have fun,” Sky says.

Sky’s schedule leaves room for everyday kid stuff. She goes to school two days a week and studies online the other days. She hangs out with friends and plays video games with her 8-year-old brother, Ocean.

Sky also manages to squeeze in time for her other favorite sport—surfing. Most days, she gets up at 5 a.m. to put on her wet suit and ride the waves. She says that balancing on her surfboard makes her an even better skater.

Today, Sky lives in California. She trains every day. Sky watches YouTube videos to learn new tricks. Then she spends hours perfecting them at area skate parks. But she says that to her, practicing isn’t a job. It’s more like playing.

“At the end of the day, I just want to have fun,” Sky says.

Sky’s schedule leaves room for everyday kid stuff. She goes to school two days a week and studies online the other days. She hangs out with friends. And she plays video games with her 8-year-old brother, Ocean.

Sky also manages to squeeze in time for her other favorite sport—surfing. Most days, she gets up at 5 a.m. to put on her wet suit and ride the waves. She says that balancing on her surfboard makes her an even better skater.

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Olympic Dreams

Over the past year, Sky has been preparing for one of the biggest sporting events in the world—the Summer Olympics. But unfortunately, the Games were postponed (seeOlympics on Hold”).

The delay won’t stop Sky. She will spend the coming months practicing to join Great Britain’s Olympic team. She’s looking forward to becoming the youngest summer Olympian in British history—even if it is a year later than expected. And she encourages other kids to go for their goals.

“The sky’s the limit,” she says. “Chase your dreams!”

Over the past year, Sky has been preparing for one of the biggest sporting events in the world—the Summer Olympics. Unfortunately, the Games were postponed (see “Olympics on Hold”).

The delay won’t stop Sky. She will spend the coming months practicing to join Great Britain’s Olympic team. She’s looking forward to becoming the youngest summer Olympian in British history. And she encourages other kids to go for their goals.

“The sky’s the limit,” she says. “Chase your dreams!”

1. Why does the author refer to Sky as a professional skateboarder?

2. What is the section "Born to Skate" mostly about?

3. What is the purpose of the sidebar "Olympics on Hold"?

1. Why does the author refer to Sky as a professional skateboarder?

2. What is the section "Born to Skate" mostly about?

3. What is the purpose of the sidebar "Olympics on Hold"?

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