According to philosophers of the past, the future lies in the hands of children. While many young kids find themselves preoccupied with their friends, school work, and video games, others are lucky enough to say that they have already found their passion in life.
Finding children who are able to compete against the best in the world at their respective sports is no easy task. Most athletes take years and years to develop their skill set, meaning that they only reach their peak later on in their lives. However, there are a few extremely talented young individuals out there who have already begun showing signs of greatness.
- Ariel Hsing
- Jaylin Fleming
- Jashaun Agosto
- David Sills
- Keith O’Dell
- Jack Robinson
- Dakota Simms
- Tom Schaar
- Oliver Wahlstrom
- Mike Lander
Table tennis requires quick thinking, rapid reflexes, and hand-eye coordination. Recently, Ariel Hsing, a 16-year-old American child prodigy, has captured the attention of table tennis enthusiasts.
This teenager has so much potential that even the greatest players in the world are wary of her insanely good skills.
After becoming the youngest U.S. champion ever, Hsing quickly realized that she had the talent to set her sights on the Olympic Games.
Going to The Olympics
In the 2012 London Olympics, the star was knocked out in the round of 32. However, the player who knocked her out went on to win the gold medal.
Ariel is hoping to improve her result in the upcoming rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games, and it’s safe to say that nobody doubts her ability to do so.
Jaylin Fleming has been called ‘the next Derrick Rose’ for a good portion of his career. This seventh-grade genius has immense talent when it comes to the sport of basketball.
In fact, for the past couple of years, many basketball enthusiasts have predicted that the youngster will eventually go on to become the best in the world.
The young star currently plays for the Scotland Campus basketball team, which is an impressive feat for such a young player.
Athlete Life Meets Student Life
He is juggling the life of an athlete-student but says that he wishes to pursue a full-time career in basketball as soon as he completes his education.
With the natural talent found in this kid, we have no doubt that he will one day be able to play for any club he chooses. More so, we see a few awards and accolades in his future.
Jasaun Agosto is another extremely talented basketball player who has his sights set on being the best in the world – and many believe he has the skills to do it!
From a very young age, Agosto began showing signs of greatness and caught the attention of many basketball enthusiasts.
With insane dribbling abilities and a flair for the dramatic, some even believed that he would go on to become the next Allen Iverson. Thousands of young basketball players all over the world watched Agosto in awe.
What’s His Secret?
When asked what the secret to his success was, the humble player claimed that it was all down to the amount of practice that he put into the game.
Jashaun is a natural talent and an extremely hard-working player, making him a great role model for young athletes all over the world.
From very early on in his young life, David Sills showed signs of the talent that some kids can only dream of. In fact, at the ripe age of just 13, he was signing a letter of intent for USC.
Sills became the youngest ever player to accept a college scholarship and continues to make bounds in the direction of footballing success.
During his first year at college, the young talent managed to complete 66% of his passes for 28 touchdowns.
More so, NFL superstar Steve Clarkson recently took him under his wing to train and guide his skills to the next level.
For this reason, many football enthusiasts believe that Sills will one day become the biggest football player in the game.
Keith O’Dell is one of the most talented pool players ever to grace the earth. What makes his story even more remarkable is the fact that he is only five years old!
Many have predicted that the young star will one day be unbeatable in his sport. In fact, he has even drawn comparisons to Paul Newman in The Hustler.
Interestingly, both Keith’s father and grandfather were massive pool fans. For this reason, some of the youngsters’ fans claim that his talent is genetic.
Either way, there is no denying the fact that he has some serious potential to become even better with age.
Don’t be surprised if you end up seeing a third-grader at the pool world championships one day.
Jack Robinson was born in Western Australia and has been tearing up the surfing scene for the past couple of years.
With his tanned skin, winning smile, and curly locks, Robinson both looks and plays the part to become the next big thing in the world of water sports.
Although surfing is a popular sport in Australia, what really impresses most people is how old this guy was when he made a name for himself.
Making the Cover
At the incredibly young age of just 14, the athlete managed to land the cover of TransWorld SURF, arguably the biggest surfing magazine in the world.
After this, many professional surfers began monitoring the progress of the youngster.
Dakota Simms is yet another incredibly talented basketball player who has the potential to become the best in the world. The young phenomenon is also known for his intense willpower and maturity.
For this reason, many enthusiasts believe that he will eventually become the Cristiano Ronaldo of basketball.
Unlike many young talents who are flooded with fame and money before they achieve anything, Simms has spent much of his childhood practicing his passion in the gym.
Hoops Per Day
In fact, it is said that the young star shoots anywhere from 300 to 500 hoops a day with his mentor and former Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.
We have no doubt in our mind that Dakota’s hard work will one day pay off – after all, hard work is the ultimate key to success in the world of sport.
Tom Schaar has everything needed to become one of the greatest skateboarding stars ever. At just 12, this phenomenon was winning competitions and claiming titles that professionals could only dream about.
Even prominent skateboarding names and legends like Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler have admitted that Schaar is a unique talent that has great potential to be the best.
Tom became the youngest ever skateboarder to win the gold medal at the X Games. On top of this, the youngster managed to become the first-ever to land the holy grail of boarding tricks.
Tricks and Moves
In complete style and with ease, Schaar completed moves that some professionals cannot even attempt. For this reason, many predicted that he would become the greatest in the world.
Now, at the age of 21, the skateboarder is still going strong and adding accolades to his ever-growing list.
When it comes to ice hockey, there is no child prodigy more famous than Oliver Wahlstrom. Born into the sport, the youngster began showing signs of greatness from very early on.
In fact, at the ripe age of 11, enthusiasts had already begun predicting a bright future for the young star. And they were certainly right!
During one match, in particular, Wahlstrom caught the attention of clubs and professionals all over the world.
Watch This Space
The Swedish star lit up the TD Garden with a masterpiece of a shot that left the keeper dizzy. From this moment on, Oliver was under the watchful eye of many recruitment agencies.
At the age of 13, he committed himself to play for the University of Maine. And in 2019, he made his NHL debut.
Mike Landers is often referred to as the greatest table tennis prodigy in the world.
In fact, from extremely early on in his sporting career, the young star was facing and beating some of the best players out there, including 26-year-old Samson Dubina.
Landers became the youngest ever player to win the U.S. National Singles Championship. He is known for his bruising forehand and incredible agility.
For this reason, even the greatest players in the world fear ‘The Kid’.
There are a few extremely talented sports prodigies in the world. These children have displayed immense talent in their respective sports, sometimes even beating the best in the world.