Oliver Rioux He became the tallest teenager in the world this week by entering the Guinness World Records books. In full growth and barely 15 years old, the Canadian basketball player is already 2.26 meters tall, being a prodigy for young people of his age.
Passionate about basketball, according to the newspaper Marca, he began to play at 5 years old and when he was 12 – average and 2.13 meters – was seen by him Real Madrid, which incorporated him into his youth divisions. In fact, during his time in the Merengue, he had the opportunity to be photographed in 2019 with the former captain Sergio Ramos and the entire professional soccer team.
Sergio Ramos and Oliver Rioux, during a photo taken in 2019. Photo: Instagram / Oliver Rioux.
Currently, Rioux plays at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, bringing him closer to his dream of one day reaching the NBA. In reference to the best league in the world, there are only five players in its history who surpassed the stature of the Canadian: Yao Ming, Gheorghe Muresan, Manute Bol, Slavko Vranes and Shawn Bradley.
COMES FROM FAMILY
The question of height runs in the family: his father, a former volleyball player, is 2.07 and his mother is 1.85; while his brother exceeds 2.10 meters. The Rioux, in fact, had to make reforms to condition the rooms and the different parts of their house to be more comfortable.
Rioux is the tallest teenager in the world. Photo: Instagram / Oliver Rioux.
The 15-year-old submitted the application to the Guinness and will enter their books of records, since there are no teenagers his age who exceed his height. Having been part of Canada’s youth teams, he will also seek to realize his NBA dream in the coming years.