Fleet of feet

Candace Hill is literally America’s fastest girl … ever

Candace Hill, 16, who won the girls' 100 meters at the 2015 world youth championships, with her training partners during practice at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Dec. 13, 2015. (Melissa Golden/The New York Times)

If you feel the need for speed, then you clicked on the right story. This one is about Candace Hill, a 16-year-old girl from Atlanta who has just become the youngest person in American history to turn professional in track and field. Why? Hill is fast. Really fast. In June, she shattered the U.S. teen record for the 100-meter dash when she was clocked running one at just 10.98 seconds. That feat would be fast enough to qualify her for the the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and, likely, would be good enough to win her a medal.

Her running future is so bright, sneaker company Asics just signed her to an unprecedented 10-year endorsement deal, the money from which will help cover her tuition for college — which Hill plans to attend while competing professionally. Indeed, she’s a top student as well, carrying a 4.6 GPA and is among the 10 best students at her magnet school. “Candace is as good a student as she is an athlete, and we found that intriguing,” Gene McCarthy, the CEO of Asics America Group, told The New York Times. “For us, she’s a Halley’s comet of sport, a teenager who’s tremendously gifted in both mind and body. With that talent and drive, we’re betting that she can be the fastest woman in the world someday,” McCarthy said. Hill’s rise to fleet-footed glory has been meteoric, but it came from humble beginnings and the crushing outcome of her very first high school race.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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