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Photo: Ina Fried

TOKYO — Two teenagers and a 12-year-old girl swept the podium for the inaugural women's park skateboarding event on Wednesday, with Japanese 19-year-old Sakura Yosozumi clinching gold.

Why it matters: While Yosozumi won with her high-flying acrobatics amid the brutal midday heat, her 60.09 was only a point ahead of 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki, also of Japan. Hiraki and 13-year-old British bronze medalist Sky Brown are among the youngest Olympic medalists of all time.

Gold medal winner Sakura Yosozumi, getting ready to start a run in Wednesday's park skateboarding final. Photo: Ina Fried
  • Hiraki, at 12 years and 343 days old, is the first Olympic athlete to win a medal before turning 13 since 1936, when France's Noel Vandernotte got a bronze in rowing.
  • Brown is the youngest Brit to win a summer Olympics medal.
  • Brown was born in Japan, meaning all three medalists were born in the country, the first time that has happened in a women's event.
  • This is Japan's third skateboarding medal.

What they're saying: Gold medalist Sakura Yosozumi said: "I hope skateboarding is going to be very popular in Japan because of the strong performances of the Japanese team.”

  • Bronze medalist Sky Brown: "It was unbelievable. Even right now it feels like a dream. It's insane. I'm so happy and so thankful and so proud of every one of the other girls, too."

On the ground: The competition was marked by both the participants' incredible tricks and tremendous showings of support for one another.

  • Brazilian teammates Dora Varella and Yndiara Asp embraced one another after a tough final run, several of competitors hoisted Japan's Misugu Okamoto in the air after she ended up fourth, and Yosozumi and Brown — close friends — celebrated their medal victories together.
Sky Brown, performing in the first-ever Olympic finals of women's park skateboarding on Wednesday. Photo: Ina Fried

Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional details and photos, as well as comment from Yosozumi and Brown.

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Exploring the coffee shops of Brewerytown

The storefront at The Lucky Goat Coffeehouse. Photo: Taylor Allen/Axios

Last week, I asked for coffee shop recommendations in Brewerytown, where I moved over the weekend.

What I ordered: At Lucky Goat, I opted for something sweet and festive with the apple cider latte ($4.50). It's sweetened with brown sugar syrup and tasted like candy.

  • Visit: The corner spot at 888 N 26th St. is open 7am-2pm daily.

At Brown Street, I ordered a mocha ($3.95) and a grilled pork banh mi ($7.95), which included an egg spread, cucumbers, cilantro, daikon, carrots and jalapeños. The coffee was fine, but the food is where Brown Street shines.

  • Visit: 2545 Brown St. Open daily from 7am-5pm.
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Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

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