Randall Cunningham's 18-Year-Old Daughter Is Shattering High Jump Records, Expects to Win Gold at The Rio Olympics

Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former NFL star QB Randall Cunningham, is the youngest high jump world champion in history.

Randall Cunningham was one of the most athletically gifted players in NFL history. His nimble feet, explosive speed and rocket-powered arm revolutionized the quarterback position. Cunningham retired in 2001, but it looks like he passed on some of his freakish genes to his 18-year-old daughter Vashti.

Vashti Cunningham just won the high jump competition at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, clearing a height of 6 feet, 5 inches to take home the title. A 6-foot-1 senior at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, she is now the youngest female indoor high jump world champion in history.

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Vashti Cunningham

Randall Cunningham was one of the most athletically gifted players in NFL history. His nimble feet, explosive speed and rocket-powered arm revolutionized the quarterback position. Cunningham retired in 2001, but it looks like he passed on some of his freakish genes to his 18-year-old daughter Vashti.

Vashti Cunningham just won the high jump competition at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, clearing a height of 6 feet, 5 inches to take home the title. A 6-foot-1 senior at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, she is now the youngest female indoor high jump world champion in history.

"It means a lot to be the world champion this young. I did not think that I would be here right now at 18 years old," Cunningham told the Associated Press after the event. She also announced that she'll forgo college to turn pro after graduation and that her goal is to win gold this summer at the Rio Olympics.

According to a recent profile of Vashti by The Washington Post, Randall serves as his daughter's coach and trainer. He competed in the high jump in high school, but gave it up before college due to a knee injury. Randall's unique training program excludes Squats and other exercises that would stress Vashti's back and spine. He's also encouraged her to continue playing volleyball as a form of physical and mental cross-training (she was first-team All-State in 2015). Whatever her dad is doing for Vashti, it seems to be working. She hasn't hit her athletic prime, and she's already breaking records, so we're excited to see what the future holds.

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