Carson's competition spends a lot of time looking at the back of his bike. He is USA Cycling's top-ranked cross-country rider in Kentucky for ages 14 and under. When he was 11, Carson won the 14-and-under Tennessee Bike Riding Association championship. In 2010, at age 13, Carson took home the crown again, this time beating out 15- to 18-year-olds. "It's made me better at mountain biking," Carson says about facing his older challengers, "and it's definitely helped me get to where I am today."
In her first year as a competitive gymnast, Maylen was undefeated in her seven-meet season. She captured first place in the uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and all-around at this year's Georgia state championships (level 4E-7) and scored a 9.425 or better in the three events she won.
Casey skims to win. In July, he won the 9-to-11 age division at the World Championships of Skimboarding in Laguna Beach, California. It was his first West Coast contest. Casey has also placed first at the East Coast Skim Championships and Sea Bright SkimBash.
In May, Oasis won the 200 meters and placed third in the long jump at the Kansas class 5A track and field championships. This year, she broke school records in the 100m, 200m, and long jump competitions. Oasis is also the best weightlifter at her school in the lightweight division.