Emerging stars: Here are 19 athletes you’ll want to watch in 2020
Some are already on the ascent (rock climber Brooke Raboutou). Others are currently making waves (surfer Kanoa Igarashi) or shooting for the stars (skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen).
The names of Raboutou, Igarashi and Olsen may not ring a bell now. That could change in a few months when their sports make Olympic debuts this summer at the Tokyo Games.
They’re just a few of the emerging athletes to keep close tabs on heading into 2020.
Or the Josh Allens. That’s right, plural, because it was a good year to be named Josh Allen in the NFL.
The Josh Allen who’s a quarterback in Buffalo led the Bills into the playoffs after throwing for 3,089 yards. The Josh Allen who’s a rookie pass rusher in Jacksonville finished with 10 1/2 sacks. Bright futures to the power of two.
Two other stars to emerge in 2019 were New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso ( 53 home runs, NL rookie of the year) and Tour de France winner Egan Bernal. The NBA’s No. 1 pick, Zion Williamson, remains in a holding pattern due to a knee injury. The New Orleans Pelicans rookie could be considered a carryover with the calendar about to flip.
Let’s name-drop a few more on the rise: