The 16-year-old athlete will make her Olympic debut on August 15th in the Women’s 400m hurdles event.
“My parents tell me to eat healthy but I don’t,” Sydney admitted in a recent interview with Yahoo. “I’m the most unhealthy eater there is.”
She added, “I’ll be eating junk food the night before a race, before a race, after a race. Of course, there are times that I need to change that. Before my Rio races, I’ll probably be eating salads [laughs], but I love candy so I’m never going to change that.”
Here are five more things you need to know about Sydney:
– She’s the youngest athlete to qualify for the Olympic Track & Field team since 1976. That’s a LONG time!
– She’s cool with not winning a medal: “I don’t have expectations. The races will come, the times will come, the places will come. But just experiencing it and enjoying it while I can, I think that’s the goal.”
– She’s hasn’t lost a school race since 2014. That’s TWO full years!
– Sydney also set a junior world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, breaking the previous mark set by Leslie Maxie in 1984.
– Track and running are kind of in her blood. Her brother, Taylor, is a hurdler at the University of Michigan, and her father, Willie, ran in the 1984 Olympic trials, when he made it to semifinals.