Athletic lifestyle brand Asics announced it has signed record-setting 16-year-old sprinter Candace Hill, known as “the fastest girl in the world,” to a comprehensive, 10-year deal with the brand through 2025. She is the youngest American sprinter ever to turn pro and will compete in her first meet as a professional––racing in head-to-toe Asics––in Birmingham, Ala. next month.
Hill made history this summer when she became the first female high school athlete to run a sub 11-second 100 meter sprint. Her time of 10.98 seconds, which she clocked in Seattle last June, would have given her a seventh place finish at the London 2012 Olympic Games and would have tied for silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Currently a junior at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga., Hill has her sights set on the world stage – and on continuing to excel in her studies at school.
“This is such an amazing moment for me and everyone who has supported me, from my family and friends, to my coaches and classmates,” said Hill. “I have big dreams––both on and off the track––and I feel like I’m just getting started. It means a lot to have Asics step up and commit to helping me on my journey as a professional athlete. I can’t believe that this is really happening and can’t wait to get out there and show everyone what I can do.”
With the signing, Hill joins the Team Asics roster of athletes which includes Olympians and World Champions Deena Kastor, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Gwen Jorgensen, Alysia Montaño, Queen Harrison, Ryan Hall, and Jordan Burroughs, among others.
“Candace is a once-in-a-lifetime talent with incredible potential––and a remarkable young woman,” said Gene McCarthy, Asics America CEO and president. “We’re so proud she has chosen to partner with Asics as she embarks on her racing career and know there are big things ahead for her.”