Pint-Sized Teen Athlete Phenoms

When I was 16 I was thinking about college, driving, and my AP exams. The 16- and 17-year-olds I describe below seem similar– but they are also thinking about medals, championships, and endorsement deals. Tennis is used to having young phenoms, though there has been a bit of a decline in recent years.  But an […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: Female Athletes Edition

They golf, they swim, they dive, and they play soccer.  This month’s edition of pint-sized phenoms features some amazing young women performing some incredible feats. 1) The youngest of the bunch is 10-year-old Aisha Saini.  While on family vacation in Spain, the Scottish girl played in a soccer tournament.  Turns out some scouts from the […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: From Playtime to Professional Work

Perhaps it’s time to start Carston’s art career. In fact, I may be too late if I want him to compete with five-year-old “prodigy” Aelita Andre. Aelita started painting at 22 months. Her “Abstract Expressoinist” work sells for upwards of $10,000. But if you watch this video of her working (and it is clear based […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: A New Blog Series

Back in March I started a monthly feature on my blog: Shrinking and Pinking. This series focuses on female athletes, who often have to fight against the literally shrinking and pinking of their sports, uniforms, and professional lives/opportunities. The past few months a different definition of “shrinking” has been creeping into my posts– child athletes. […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Milestones and Menstruation

It’s been an interesting month for female athletes. Yesterday 16-year-old Lexi Thompson (who I have previously featured in a Shrinking and Pinking post in which I named her a “star of the future,” which was clearly spot-on!) became the youngest ever winner of an LPGA event. While she’s not old enough to join the LPGA […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Stars of the Future

This edition of Shrinking and Pinking starts with the shrinking component– though with a focus on the shrinking of athletes’ ages, not the clothes they wear. Have you heard about Baerke van der Meij? Van der Meij has become a YouTube star for his soccer skills. Based on that video the Dutch soccer club VVV-Venlo […]

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