Best Athlete

Vashti Cunningham

Vashti Cunningham.USA Today

Vashti Cunningham.

She just turned professional in March at age 18, a couple of months before graduating from Bishop Gorman High School, and now Vashti Cunningham is headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month after qualifying second in the women’s high jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Cunningham’s career took off after she cleared six feet, five inches to become the youngest female to win the high jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Her best jump is 6-6¼ at the U.S. Nationals earlier this year. The 6-foot-1 athlete comes from excellent genes. Her father is former UNLV and NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, who coached his daughter on the Nevada Gazelles track team, and her mother, Felicity deJager, is a former professional ballet dancer.

The former singer, songwriter, pianist and saxophonist for the Commodores and five-time Grammy Award winner brought his headliner residency, Lionel Richie: All the Hits, to Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood in April. Those hits include “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Stuck on You” and “All Night Long,” just to name a few. He’s sold more than 100 million albums, and his groundbreaking style defies all genre categorization. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Richie is a pop music icon and an international superstar. He says it’s of utmost importance for him to maintain a personal relationship with his fans, whom he values as one of the main reasons for his decades of success.

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