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9 of the youngest athletes competing at the 2016 Olympics

Nicole Ahsinger — Gymnastics, 18

Nicole Ahsinger — Gymnastics, 18

Eighteen-year-old Nicole Ahsinger recently finished her senior year at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, California and is on to the Olympics. She is the sole US female trampoline athlete in Rio.

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Charles Conwell — Boxing, 18

Charles Conwell — Boxing, 18

The youngest member of the USA Olympic boxing team, Charles Conwell just finished his senior year at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, California. The 18-year-old will fight in the middleweight class.

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Vashti Cunningham — Track and Field, 18

Vashti Cunningham — Track and Field, 18

Eighteen-year-old high-jumper Vashtie Cunningham just finished senior year at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also already a sponsored professional athlete, with a contract with Nike. The teenager finished second at the Olympic trials and has a good shot at the gold in Rio, according to her dad, retired NFL Quarterback Randall Cunningham.

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Mallory Pugh — Soccer, 18

Mallory Pugh — Soccer, 18

Eighteen-year-old Mallory Pugh, who just finished her senior year at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is the youngest member of the US Olympic women’s soccer team. The only amateur on the team, she will be planing for UCLA in the fall.

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Kiana Eide — Rhythmic Gymnastics, 17

Kiana Eide — Rhythmic Gymnastics, 17

At 17 years old, Kiana Eide is one of the youngest members of the rhythmic gymnastics team. Eide just finished her junior year at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois.

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Kanak Jha - Table Tennis, 16

Kanak Jha - Table Tennis, 16

At 16 years old, table tennis prodigy Kanak Jha will be the youngest ever to compete in the Olympics in his sport. The teenager is taking high-school classes online and just finished his sophomore year in high school.

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Laurie Hernandez — Gymnastics, 16

Laurie Hernandez — Gymnastics, 16

Sixteen-year-old Laurie Hernandez just finished her sophomore year at Abeka Academy High School in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Hernandez is quickly becoming a crowd favorite with her energetic floor routines.

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Sydney McLaughlin — Track and Field, 16

Sydney McLaughlin — Track and Field, 16

Sixteen-year-old Sydney McLaughlin just finished her junior year at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She qualified for the 400 meter hurdles and is ranked with the fourth fastest time going into Rio. She is the youngest runner since 1972 to be competing in the Olympics for USA Track and Field.

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Laura Zeng — Rhythmic Gymnastics, 16

Laura Zeng — Rhythmic Gymnastics, 16

Sixteen-year-old Laura Zeng just finished her sophomore year at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois. The teenager won the bronze medal at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics.

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