Sydney McLaughlin is a 2016 Olympian, an NCAA champion and now a signed athlete with Beverly Hills talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
The talent agency represents stars like Emma Stone and Denzel Washington and partnered with Oprah Winfrey in 2014 to launch ‘The Life You Want’ tour. WME also represents athletes Allyson Felix and Serena Williams.
McLaughlin burst onto the scene in 2016 when she qualified for the Rio Olympics as a 16-year-old high school student. The 400m hurdler now has nearly 300,000 Instagram followers and a looming professional contract.
McLaughlin graduated high school in 2017 and started at the University of Kentucky last fall. Many running fans were surprised at the hurdler’s decision to go to school as opposed to turning pro right out of the gate, but her first year in the NCAA was very successful.
The freshman managed to set the collegiate outdoor record and world junior record in the 400m hurdles, running 52.75, and a world junior record in the indoor 400m of 50.36.
Immediately after the NCAA Outdoor Championships, McLaughlin announced that she would not be returning to collegiate running, but still hasn’t announced which company she will run for.
Finding an agency appears to be her first goal, and now that she has done that, a contract negotiation will likely begin with one of the big shoe companies. It’s also rumored that the sprinter has left her training group at Kentucky, which is coached by Edrick Floreal, a Canadian triple jump Olympian. Floreal has been the head coach of the Kentucky track and cross-country program sine 2012.
McLaughlin has an enormous following to back up her first-class results. She was named on of Time Magazine’s most influential teens in 2017. McLaughlin may only be 18, and it can be risky taking a chance on a young runner, but the sprinter has consistently improved over the past two years.
McLaughlin is an ideal representative for any shoe company, and the deal she signs could be one of the biggest in track and field history.