MEET CANDACE Hill, the fastest teenage girl in America.
Sprinting 100 metres in just 10.98, Candace made times not only good enough to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Brazil, but to take home some silverware too.
Now, aged 16, she has become the youngest track athlete in the United States to turn professional.
Her potential is considered so outsize that she brokered an unusual arrangement with Asics, a running footwear and apparel company. It will cover full tuition for Hill, who has a 4.6 grade-point average and top-10 class ranking in her magnet school near Atlanta, at any college that admits her.
The contract, which at 10 years is also uncommonly long, effectively serves as an athletic scholarship, even though Hill, who plans to attend college while competing, will not be eligible to race collegiately.
“Candace is as good a student as she is an athlete, and we found that intriguing,” said Gene McCarthy, the chief executive 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.”