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Where Will They Be?
Text by Joe Lemire
July 14, 2008
You may not know their names or their faces just yet, but you will—and soon. These 15 teens are among the best in their sports in their age groups, and each one is on track to be a star at a major college, earn professional riches or go for gold at an Olympic Games. (In some cases, maybe all three)
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July 14, 2008

Where Will They Be?

You may not know their names or their faces just yet, but you will—and soon. These 15 teens are among the best in their sports in their age groups, and each one is on track to be a star at a major college, earn professional riches or go for gold at an Olympic Games. (In some cases, maybe all three)

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Brooke Shaw
17 SNOWBOARDER
Litchfield, Conn.

Achievements Brooke competes in the halfpipe and snowboardcross for the national team, one of only two American women to ride in multiple events.

Reminiscent of Lindsey Jacobellis. The silver medalist in snowboardcross at the '06 Winter Olympics is the only other national team member who competes in two events. Their fathers were college roommates. "I rode with her every weekend growing up," says Brooke. "We're awesome friends and hang out all the time."

Coach's comment "She's brave," says U.S. coach Peter Foley. "At a camp we just had at Mount Hood, it was a really fast course, with big jumps in it, and she was charging at it like the boys, not throwing on the brakes and looking for speed."

Next step Foley eventually will focus Brooke's training on snowboardcross, an event in which he says she has a "really good chance" to make the 2010 Olympic team. "She's among the top three or four women in the U.S. now," says Foley. "From a potential standpoint and what we've seen in training, [her upside is] even greater."

Jake Hernandez
16 CATCHER
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Achievements The 6'1", 180-pound junior at Los Osos High has batted .418 with 27 RBIs in 40 varsity games. He is rated the best catcher in his class by the scouting service Perfect Game.

Reminiscent of Ivan Rodriguez. As a hitter, Jake has some power but can spray the ball to all fields. Defensively he's got a quick release and is skilled at throwing behind runners to pick them off. "My strength is my arm. I believe I have a cannon," he says. "I also like blocking balls."

Coach's comment "His quickness, reaction time and baseball maturity all really stand out," says Anthony Vasquez, the Grizzlies' skipper. "He hits the ball well on any count. He's calm under pressure."

Next step Jake has committed to USC but projects as a top pick in the 2010 MLB draft. His summer coach compares him to Kyle Skipworth and Cutter Dykstra, teammates who were high picks this year.

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