I think she has a chance to be a staple in the Olympics for for the next decade and a half if she wants to compete that long. Jenn Suhr is probably in her final Olympics, but still considered the best in the world at 35.
Lance Harter told me once that female athletes don’t hit their peak until between 28 and 32. Lexi is 19. The timing of this year’s Olympics is great for her. She didn’t have to wait until she was 24 like Sandi Morris to get this experience.
If she follows Suhr’s lead, she’ll have another three or four Olympics in which to compete. I have been following her for a while (she was breaking high school records) and have no doubt that she’ll be able to be considered one of the best in the world later in her career.
The timing is also good for Arkansas. I don’t think she is going to be a threat to leave school early in order to compete for the Olympics.