Sky Brown from Great Britain is training for the X Games Minneapolis.
For some, the sky’s the limit, which also happens to be the title of the book written by 12-year-old British skateboarder Sky Brown.
For others, it’s no wonder that great things are appearing to come. Exhibit A: The 7-foot-2 Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol and his wingspan of about 7-8 (2.33m).
So many potential stars in the making. So many steps to make them shine. One of the biggest will take place this summer during the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of 2021, a new crop of names will start to become even more familiar. So let’s name a few (sorry, Trevor Lawrence, you’re already too fat for this list):
– Brown, a skateboarding prodigy who has her eyes set on the Tokyo Games. She turns 13 a few weeks before the opening ceremony as her sport makes its Olympic debut (with sport climbing, karate and surfing). Brown already has a doll in his image and sponsors such as Nike. In June, she posted a video on Instagram (over 770,000 followers) of a horrific crash during a training session.
– Bowl, forward / center, Nuggets. The son of the late Manute Bol, Bol Bol showed glimpses of his versatility in the NBA bubble over the summer. He remains eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, with favorites being Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball (No.3 overall) Obi Toppin of New York (No.8) and Anthony Edwards of Minnesota (No.1).
– Iga Swiatek, tennis, Poland. The 19-year-old who listens to Guns N ‘Roses before matches won Poland’s first Grand Slam singles title when she won the French Open in October. Swiatek had never won a tour-level title until Roland Garros.
– Stephanie Gilmore, surfer, Australia. Nicknamed “Happy Gilmore”, the seven-time world champion is well known on the surf circuit. Gilmore, who turns 33 on January 29, will be among the favorites for the medals in Tokyo.
– Ke’Bryan Hayes, third baseman, Pittsburgh Pirates. A first-round pick in 2015, Hayes made his major league debut on September 1 and showed his promise with a solo double homer. The Rookie Candidate of the Year is the son of longtime great league Charlie Hayes. In the AL, there’s Randy Arozarena of Tampa Bay, who remains eligible for Rookie of the Year. He won the Babe Ruth award for best playoff player after helping the Rays to the World Series.
– Catarina Macario, midfielder, US national football team. Macario, born in Brazil, became a US citizen this fall. This news coincided with a call to training camp for the US Women’s National Team. Although the Stanford star still needs to iron out her papers with FIFA to be eligible for Tokyo, he is optimistic she could join the United States at the Olympics.
– JoJo Earle, wide receiver, Alabama. The fast wideout originally joined LSU before joining a well-known Alabama program to produce wideouts. This season is the prospect of Heisman DeVonta Smith, who has just been named college football player of the year by the Associated Press.
– Alexis Lafrenière, forward, New York Rangers. He was the first pick in the NHL Draft after an excellent stint in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lafrenière led the league with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games last season at the end of the game.
– Kliment Kolesnikov, swimmer, Russian Federation. The extraordinary back counts Michael Phelps among its idols. Kolesnikov certainly has a knack for winning like Phelps, winning six gold medals at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
– Keyshawn Davis, boxer, USA The 2020 US Olympic team’s top professional prospect has decided to wait so he can fight for a medal in ’21. The athletic and fast lightweight Virginia hopes to follow the career path of friend Shakur Stevenson, who won a professional title just three years after winning a silver medal at the Rio Games.
– Yealimi Noh, golfer, United States. She was scheduled to attend UCLA before turning pro in January 2019. She finished tied for second at the Volunteers of America Classic in early December.
– Raevyn Rogers, athletics, USA The former University of Oregon star showed off his 800-meter speed on the stretch to win the silver medal at the 2019 world championships in Doha, Qatar. She and her compatriot Ajeé Wilson (third in Doha) could put on quite a show at the Tokyo Games. But Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda will have something to say about it as the world champion.
– Akiyo Noguchi, sport climbing, Japan. Known for her technique and mobility, Noguchi will participate in the medal hunt as the event makes its Olympic debut. A fan favorite for sure on the pitch.
– Essential quality, racehorse. One of the early favorites in the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The gray / roan colored American colt captured the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland.