Vashti Cunningham was briefly the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to qualify for the Olympics when she earned a bid to Rio in 2016 at 18 years old.
Cunningham caught the eye of the track and field world with her impressive high-jump performance. She finished 13th in Rio and first at that year's indoor World Championships, and decided to pursue a professional career instead of going to college.
Cunningham heads to Tokyo looking for her first Olympic medal. She's in a good spot to do so considering her first-place finish at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in June. The 23-year-old also set a new personal record of 6 feet, 7 1/2 inches in May 2021.
Cunningham had hoped to be competing alongside her brother, Randall Cunningham Jr., at the Olympics. Randall does high jump at the University of Southern California and competed at the 2016 U.S. trials, but did not make the team. He was returning from injury in 2021.
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How old is Vashti Cunningham?
She was born on January 18, 1998 and is currently 23 years old.
How tall is Vashti Cunningham?
Cunningham is 6-foot-1.
Where is Vashti Cunningham from?
Cunningham was born and still resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Where did Vashti Cunningham go to college?
She has not yet attended college, focusing on her professional track and field career following her high school graduation in 2016 and appearance at the Rio Olympics. Cunningham graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Is Vashti Cunningham married?
Does Vashti Cunningham have children?
No, but she does have a super cute German Shepard named Mango.
Who is Vashti Cunningham's dad?
Her dad is former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, who spent most of his 16-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, and retired in 1996 before returning to play from 1997-2001. Randall Cunningham is now the chaplain for the Las Vegas Raiders.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016 for his time playing at UNLV.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Who is Vashti Cunningham? Get to know US high jumper at Olympics