16 ? HURDLER,
Long Beach, Calif.
was USA Track & Field's Youth Athlete of the Year in 2005, when she set
meet records in the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Youth Outdoor Championships
(57.87 seconds), the IAAF World Youth Championships (a personal-best 55.96),
and the USATF's Junior Olympic Championships (58.26).
Gail Devers. Collins, who finished second in the 100 at the World Youth
Championships (11.44), has been likened to the two-time Olympic 100-meter
champion, who also won three world titles in the 100 hurdles.
"A few years ago she won the 800 meters at an invitational meet with a cast
on her arm," says Shelton Hall of the Quiet Fire Track Club in Gardena,
Calif. "It bothered her arm movement so much, she tore it off so she could
compete in the 200. She won that, too."
ETA In the
Olympics by 2012. The 5'5" Collins, who will be a senior next fall at
Wilson High, is in the running for the 2007 world championship team, but her
best time in the 400 hurdles is nearly two seconds off the top U.S. time this
15 ? CENTER,
Despite being a year younger than the minimum age to play in Canadian juniors,
he was granted "exceptional player" status as a 14-year-old and taken
first in the 2005 Ontario Hockey League draft. In 65 games for the Oshawa
Generals last season the 6-foot, 183-pound Tavares scored 45 goals and was
named rookie of the year.
Gordie Howe. He has a confidence and command of the game similar to Mr.
"Anticipation is such an underrated skill, and his anticipation offensively
and defensively is like nobody's I've ever seen," says Brad Selwood, who
played with Howe in the late 1970s. "He does things I don't think have ever
been done. Gordie was a wonderful man and an alltime great, but he could tell
you why he did what he did. This kid just does it instinctually. It's