9 of the youngest athletes competing at the 2016 Olympics
In just a few short weeks, the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
will commence, catapulting familiar faces, along with some new, onto one of the world's biggest stages.
Some of the athletes participating in their first-ever Olympics, while barely able to drive, have proven themselves to be fierce competitors.
Take a look below to see 8 high-school-age students who will be competing in the 2016 Olympics.
Nicole Ahsinger — Gymnastics, 18
Charles Conwell — Boxing, 18
Vashti Cunningham — Track and Field, 18
Mallory Pugh — Soccer, 18
Kiana Eide — Rhythmic Gymnastics, 17
Kanak Jha - Table Tennis, 16
Laurie Hernandez — Gymnastics, 16
Sydney McLaughlin — Track and Field, 16
Laura Zeng — Rhythmic Gymnastics, 16