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Top Teen Athletes of 2006

From Sharapova to Sheckler, Kidzworld looks at the world's top teen athletes. Check out our picks right here.

Maria Sharapova

Top Teen Athletes - Maria Sharapova

Since winning the 2004 Wimbledon tennis tournament at the age of 17, Maria Sharapova has become more than just a famous athlete - she's a brand name! Besides being a top-ranked tennis star, Sharapova has a clothing line, her own perfume and millions of dollars worth of other endorsements. Teen tennis stars often don't have a shelf-life much longer than a boy-band, but with her good looks and over-powering serve, Sharapova should be a star on the tennis court long after K-Fed's made his third trip to rehab.

Top Teen Athletes - Ryan Sheckler

Ryan Sheckler It seems like Ryan Sheckler has been around forever - but this teen skateboarding star is still only 16. Sheckler turned pro when he was 13 and in 2003, he became the youngest gold medalist in X Games history. He now has his own line of skate shoes, has appeared in dozens of skate videos and is one of the best street skateboarders in the world. Sheckler will also be featured in Tony Hawk's Project 8 video game, which will be released in late 2006.

Top Teen Athletes - Elena Hight

Elena Hight When she was 13, Elena Hight became the first female snowboarder to land a 900 in competiton. Since then, the Hawaiian halfpipe star has competed at the X Games and the 2006 Winter Olympics, where she was the youngest member of the US snowboarding team. Hight is a one of the brightest stars in female snowboarding and has helped push the sport to new heights.

Top Teen Athletes - Shaun White

Shaun WhiteShaun White has been a pro snowboarder ever since he turned 13. The 19 year-old has won eight medals at the X Games and is the only athlete to compete at the event in both snowboarding and skateboarding. With his red hair and big airs, White has become known as The Flying Tomato and is the world's most famous snowboarder. He also won the gold medal in half-pipe snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics and has appeared in a ton of snowboarding videos.

Top Teen Athletes - Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie With her long legs and longer drives, Michelle Wie has become the biggest name in golf since Tiger Woods. Wie has been playing in LPGA events since she was 13 and has even entered several PGA events, where's she's golfed against some of the best male players in the world. Wie has yet to win any professional events but she's already making millions from endorsement deals with Sony and Nike. Wie says she'd like to become the first woman to play at the Masters, so don't be surprised if you see her teeing off with Tiger in the near future.

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