Vashti Cunningham, USA Track & Field
Here is one of the eight athletes you probably don’t know who haven’t yet shown their skills on the gigantic Olympics stage. They will. Don’t say we didn’t give you the heads-up! [See below for the others on our list.]
To anyone who watched the 18-year old Cunningham’s father – former NFL star quarterback Randall Cunningham throw the football 70 yards, punt the football 91 yards, and leap over defenders for touchdowns – you know that crazy athletic skill is in her DNA. Check this: Her mother was a professional ballet dancer! Vashti has a chance to be the next great U.S. star in the field events. She won the high jump with a leap of 6’5” at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March and immediately turned pro and signed with Nike. Vashti jumped 6 feet 6.25 inches in winning the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships earlier this year. She may explode in Rio.
Click below to see the rest of the breakout American Olympians!
1. Vashti Cunningham, track and field
2. Laurie Hernandez, gymnastics
3. Adeline Gray, wrestling
4. Crystal Dunn, soccer
5. Jackie Galloway, taekwondo
6. Ashleigh Johnson, water polo
7. Abbey Weitzell, swimming
8. Brianna Rollins, track and field