Even though she’s still in high school, 16-year-old track star Candace Hill is already drawing comparisons to Usain Bolt. Hill, who recently became the first high school girl ever to run under 11 seconds in the 100meters with a 10.98 at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Washington, is already considered an Olympic hopeful. Her numbers would have easily won her medals in either the 2008 or 2012 olympics.
“2020 was the year I would actually try and want to make the [U.S. Olympic] team. When my coach threw in 2016 I was like, maybe that’s too early but you never know. I might show up and, you know, win. But it’s hard to think about right now because I’m only a sophomore,” Hill tells CNN.
Despite her major wins, and a lot of recent attention from the media, the teen is still taking it all in stride and taking her time to focus on her studies.
“My favorite classes would have to be either Chemistry or Research. I feel like Chemistry is hard, but we do a lot of labs and stuff, so the labs are fun. We do a lot of labs in Research as well, and working on projects with partners as well. It’s pretty fun.”