Fountain of youth: These sports prodigies are on the fast track to superstardom

In the modern age of sports, recruitment and talent evaluation begins far earlier in a player’s career than ever before. While this benefits some athletes, it can also create unrealistic expectations that kids are not equipped to handle. How these kids handle this pressure can ultimately determine whether or not they reach their potential. These nine child prodigies appear to be on the path to becoming their respective sport’s next superstars:

 

As much as underdog stories are inspiring, accounts of child sports prodigies are fascinating. While there have been a fair share who never lived up to the hype, others have gracefully transitioned into professional stars. Only time will tell if these kids are the billion-dollar athletes of tomorrow or could-have-beens. Either way, we’ll follow along in awe.