Pint-Sized Phenoms: Golden Teenaged Dreams

Some people just really luck out in the name department.

Sixteen-year-old Arielle Gold recently won a bronze in snowboarding at the X Games.

Arielle Gold by Christophe Karabeva for EPA

Seventeen-year-old Gracie Gold came in sixth at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. But both will be aiming for gold at the 2014 Sochi Olymics.

Gracie Gold at 2013 World Championships by Tom Sczerbowski at USA Today-Sports

They won’t be the only teenage stars gunning for gold in Sochi: seventeen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (who I’ve written about before) solidified her position as gold medal-favorite in Sochi when she won the world slalom title last month. [Another fun Pint-Sized Phenom update this month is that Caine Monroy, the nine-year-old cardboard arcade entrepreneur, inked a deal with William Morris!]

While fourteen-year-old racer Kaz Grala won’t be able to compete in the Olympics, he is revving his engine for NASCAR, even though he is still quite young. Only an eighth grader he’s expecting to go pro soon.

And because we don’t want to forget non-athlete pint-sized phenoms, check out first grader Zora Ball. At seven, Zora is the youngest person to create “a full version of a mobile application video game.” Perhaps Zora will challenge sixteen-year-old Lauren Marbe, who was just announced as having one of the highest IQs in the world.

Even without “Gold” in their names, it’s clear that these pint-sized phenoms have golden futures. It’s always amazing to keep track of such impressive kids in a variety of activities… Even if it is humbling!

Share

Speak Your Mind

*