One Olympian to keep your eye on in Rio is just 19-years-old.
Lexi Weeks qualified for the U.S. Team this year for the very first time.
She is the NCAA indoor pole vault champion with a slew of other accolades, but she would like to add a gold medal to her trophy collection.
“It’s beautiful and I’ve never been to a place like this before,” Lexi Weeks said.
Its a year of first for Lexi Weeks, her first Olympics following her first season pole vaulting for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
‘The coolest part for me is being able to see people from across the World,” Weeks said.
But this trip to Rio is also her first time out of the United States.
“I think it’s a pretty special time to leave the country and the first time is for the Olympics,” Lexi Weeks said.
Lexi’s family will join her in Rio in a few days, but she’s not alone, her Razorback teammate is also on team USA.
“Luckily for me I get to room with that I get to room with Sandi, so we are in a very small room, but we know each other, we’ve been teammates and I think it will help us get to know each other a little bit better, being in a tiny room together,” Weeks said.
Another first for Lexi is staying at the athletes village with 10,500 other Olympic athletes, but let’s be honest Lexi is jumping for Olympic glory so training has to continue
“Everyday we will probably be at the naval academy training and getting in some vaulting also,” Weeks said.
Next Tuesday is the first round of pole vault and for this 19-year-old, another first as well.
“It’s going to become real at that moment, like I’m about to compete for team USA and I’ve got to give it my all,” Weeks said.
A first time Olympian spending her first days out of the country, maybe leading up to a first gold medal.