Amazing Kids

Amazing Kids
Amazing Kids, A Virginia elementary school student will become the youngest contestant ever when she competes at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. The young word whiz joins the ranks of other phenoms who've awed us with their amazing accomplishments. Keep reading to learn more about these "wonder kids."

Lori Anne Madison 6 Years Old, Youngest in spelling bee
When: March 2012

Who: Lori Anne Madison will be the youngest contestant ever in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning a regional bee (her winning word? Vaquero).

Watch clips of past competitions

Laura Dekker 16 Years Old Youngest to sail solo around the world
When: January 2012

Who: Laura Dekker of Netherlands spent a year alone on her yacht and traveled 27,000 miles to break the record set two years earlier by another teen girl Jessica Watson.

Bobby Bradley 9 Years Old + hot-air balloon Youngest solo hot-air balloonist
When: June 2011

Who: Bobby Bradley, whose parents are licensed balloonists, flew a homemade airship (see a photo) to break the world record (watch the video). Where did he do it? Albuquerque, New Mexico

Jordan Romero Youngest 13 years old to climb Mount Everest
When: May 2010

Who: Jordan Romero has broken another climbing record since ascending the world's highest mountain. Watch him discuss his adventures. Youngest to climb seven summits

Jordan Romero Interview

Freddy Adu Youngest 2004 + 14 years old Major League Soccer player
When: April 2004

Who: Soccer phenom Freddy Adu born Tema, Ghana got his start playing for this d.c. united team and will be representing the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Olympic soccer team

Watch highlights from his career

Michelle Wie 2004 sony open + 14 years old Youngest to play in a PGA Tour tournament
When: January 2004

Who: Golfer Michelle Wie began playing at 4 years old and turned pro at the age of 16 in 2005. Where is she now?

Watch her play

Sergey Karjakin Youngest chess grandmaster 12 years 7 months
When: August 2002

Who: Chess prodigy Sergey Karjakin born Ukraine was awarded the grandmaster title (chess grandmasters) from the World Chess Federation and went on to marry a fellow top chess player Kateryna Dolzhikova in 2009.

Michael Phelps 15 years and 9 months Youngest male swimmer to break world record
When: July 2001

Who: All-time Olympic medal winner (Michael Phelps 16 olympic medals) Michael Phelps will try to come home with more hardware from the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Watch his gold-medal performances

Tatum O'Neal Oscar 10 years old Youngest Oscar winner
When: April 1974

Who: Tatum O'Neal, who won the award for her role in "Paper Moon" alongside her famous father, has struggled with addiction for much of her life. Tatum O'Neal drugs

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