A'ja Wilson poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympics shoot on Nov. 20, 2019 in West Hollywood, Calif.
The 30 individuals listed in the “sports” category in Forbes magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 list are said to be, “Winning on and off the field.”
That certainly applies to the two Team USA athletes on the list expecting to make an impact at the postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Sport climber Kyra Condie and basketball player A’ja Wilson, both 24, were each named to the list Tuesday alongside sports broadcasters, executives, journalists, fellow athletes and more. The panel of judges making the selections was equally diverse, from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to U.S. tennis legend Billie Jean King.
In a way, Condie has already succeeded simply by qualifying for her sport’s debut next summer in Tokyo. At 11 years old, Condie was discouraged from even attempting rock climbing due to her diagnosis with idiopathic scoliosis. The condition required back surgery at 13 in which she had 10 vertebrae fused. Just four months later, Condie was youth national champion. Flash forward to just over one year ago, and she became the first member of the U.S. Olympic Sport Climbing Team.
Wilson has been a mainstay on the U.S. women’s national team since before she was even in the WNBA. Following a record-setting career at South Carolina, Wilson helped the U.S. win the 2018 World Cup, officially qualifying for Tokyo. The No. 1 draft pick of the Las Vegas Aces then went on to be Rookie of the Year, and this year won her first MVP award.
The 30 Under 30 list consists of 20 lists in all, honoring individuals from numerous walks of life from energy to finance to social impact. Proving that athletics can lead to many different avenues in life, energy entrepreneur Kaitlyn Albertoli competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming, placing sixth in the 50-meter freestyle.