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Athletes to Watch: Vashti Cunningham

The daughter of retired NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham and a former ballerina, Cunningham has the pedigree to excel in high jump. Vashti turned pro in March 2016 at age 18.

So far her greatest success has come indoors – winning the 2016 world indoor championships and placing second in 2018, but outdoors she has not been as successful. She was 13th at the Rio Olympics and 10th at last year’s world championships. Still, she is solidly the top American high jumper right now and has won the last two U.S. titles.

Her brother Randall is also an NCAA champion high jumper at USC. The Cunninghams attended the 2018 Super Bowl to cheer on the Eagles; Randall (Sr.) played 11 seasons in Philadelphia and three in Minnesota, where the Super Bowl was held.

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Track and Field





Date of Birth

January 18, 1998


Las Vegas, NV

Current Residence

Las Vegas, NV


Vashti became the youngest Olympic Games qualifying track and field athlete in U.S. history when she made the team for Rio at the age of 18. 

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