Vashti Cunningham Photos: Youngest US Olympian, Everything We Know About Her
Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham, has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.Advertisement
With this, Vashti became the youngest athlete to make the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team since 1980.
In addition to Vashti, the Team USA in the women’s high jump constitutes of Chaunte Lowe and Inika McPherson. Lowe is credited with three Olympic appearances and was sixth at the 2012 London Olympics; she cleared 2.01 meters in the finals, outracing Vashti’s 1.97 meters. McPherson, meanwhile, finished third with 1.93 meters, as reported by SB Nation.
Brigetta Barrett earned a silver medal in the same event at the London Olympics.
Prior to Vashti, Allyson Felix was the youngest athlete to make it to the U.S. track and field Olympic team since 1980. Felix, who took home a 200-meter silver medal, was 18 when she was qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Vashti won the world indoor title on March 20. As reported by NBC News, she cleared 1.96 meters. The next day, she signed with Nike. According to the LA Times, Vashti will be skipping college to go pro.
Vashti’s brother Randall Cunningham Jr. will be participating in the men’s high jump at the Trials on Friday and next Sunday. According to USC’s official biography, Randall is 6 foot 6 inches tall who in 2015 “enjoyed an outstanding first season as a high jumper at USC, culminating with him becoming the only freshman All-American in the country in the event and the first Trojan freshman ever to earn that status.”
Vashti’s mother, Felicity DeJager Cunningham, is a dancer, as reported by Las Vegas Review Journal. Felicity was part of The Dance Theater of Harlem, the first in the country to give preference to black dancers.