When Jasmine Hampton has a javelin in her hand, she sees the future.
“As soon as I throw it and it leaves my hand —it doesn’t even ‘have’ to leave my hand,” Jasmine said.
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She knows when it’s a great throw. Her little sister, Jordyn, has that same exceptional ability. Their dad, Cornell Hampton, taught them everything they know.
“I’m not as good as they are. I’m coach. I can teach it. They go out there and do it,” Hampton said.
At the recent Junior Olympics in North Carolina, 17-year-old Jasmine Hampton finished second in the nation in her age group.
Eight-year-old Jordyn Hampton was number one in hers. She broke the record by 7 feet.
Hampton expected to win.
“Yes. In my mind, yes. Because I usually win every single one!”
The sisters are stars of the Throw 2 Win track club in Cobb County. The Ben Hill Elite track team from southwest Atlanta also had an impressive showing at the competition, with top finishes in several events.
These local athletes have conquered the Junior Olympics, and now they have their sights set on the grownups.
“I would love to be there at the next Olympics. So, I’ll work as hard as I can. If not, I will be there for the Olympics after that,” Jasmine said.
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The next Summer Olympic Games are in Paris in 2024, then in Los Angeles in 2028.
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