English Young Mia Brookes is still in shock after her coronation as the youngest world champion in snowboarding history.

The 16-year-old actress was too young to participate in the competition. Beijing The 2022 Winter Olympics did however set a global mark in stunning style on Monday in Bakuriani, Georgia, to beat defensive champion Zoi Sadowski-Synnott for gold in incline style.

Brookes’ pivotal morning was made even sweeter by how she reached the top of the podium with a smashing second run, which also saw her become the first woman to enter a CAB 1440 double scramble competition.

“It’s like I’m in a dream,” he told the PA news agency. “It’s like I was waiting for someone to wake me up. But honestly, I can’t believe what happened today. Like last night I couldn’t have imagined that. I honestly wanted to win but yes, this is insane.

“It’s pretty crazy to be able to say that I’m not only world champion, but also the youngest world champion. I could never have guessed that when we first came to practice last week.

“I’m almost at the end of my school year. Just like it’s coming GCSEs Now. It’s hard to balance it all but when something like this happens, it makes you feel great. It’s pretty crazy to say you’re a world champion and still finished your GCSEs.”

Only child Brookes, born in Sandbach, Cheshire, traveled for months Europe He snowboarded with his parents Vicky and Nigel in the family trailer and for the first time at 18 months.

By the age of 10, Brookes was watched in Laax by GB Snowsport coaches. Switzerlandinviting the outstanding athlete to join the team’s development staff.

He made his runner-up debut in Corvatsch, Switzerland, at the December 2020 European Cup. Last month, in his first season on the World Cup track, he won the silver medal in the same Swiss region where it all started.

If that podium had completed a circle, Monday’s victory opened a seemingly endless road ahead, and the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics are a closer stop than ever in a snowboarder’s journey.

Before he beat Sadowski-Synnott, a New Zealander who left Beijing with slant-style gold and big-air silver, he still admired the Kiwi rider, whom he referred to as a “hero,” but Brookes’ biggest inspiration was Jamie Anderson. two-time Olympic and eight-time X Games champion.

Brooks received her first X Games invite earlier this year, just weeks after her 16th birthday — she finished sixth — and now she’s still getting used to the idea of ​​not only mingling with some of her one-time idols, but challenging them for titles.

“Obviously when I got to the World Cup track, I was blown away with all the girls who were at the Olympics and will be there. (I thought) the standard will be very high. It’s a high standard, but after my second competition I was like, ‘It’s possible, if I work a little harder, I can be on top’. And it worked.

Brookes’ global gold was her first competition without one of her parents; GB, in particular, was far from cooking curry in the immediate vicinity of the campervan with Vicky, after being one of the few crews to begin their journey with their supplies lost in transit and finally arrive. Two days after the athletes.

Such difficulties are another experience that Brookes has come to accept. Next up is learning to drive so she can literally get behind the wheel of her own destiny.

The fact that Brookes is already starting to inspire other girls is as mind-blowing to the athlete as the global gold medal.

She added: “It definitely sounds pretty crazy to think about. For me, I’m literally Mia from the UK.”