The 15-year-old basketball star from Florida, at a staggering seven-foot-five, has become the world’s tallest teen after earning a Guinness World Record for her height.
Olivier Riou, a Canadian who plays as an IMG academy center in Bradenton, appears to be on the path to professional basketball as it continues to evolve.
“Wherever we go, you know, he can’t hide from it,” Riou head coach Jeremy Schiller told Fox Sports. “You can no longer wear a hat and not be 7’5”.
Schiller added that his star player is a phenomenal passer, can shoot three shots and finish well under the basket.
“My mom is 6ft 2in and my dad is 6ft 8in,” Riou said. He also revealed that he wears size 20 shoes.
“When I was 10, 11, 12 years old, I started growing and it went very fast,” he added. “Every week I seemed to gain altitude. I was taller than all the kids in my school.”
A striking video of the Canadian sensation on Instagram shows the almost unfair benefits of being so tall at a young age and the impact it had on opposing teams.
In the clip, Riou barely comes off his toes to slam dunk and barely needs to move to outmaneuver his opponents when he gets the rebound.
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Olivier Rioux, a 15-year-old Canadian, has secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest teenager on Earth.
Riou with two of his basketball coaches at the IMG Academy, who describe the young talent as “a good passer who can throw three balls and finish the game at the basket.”
Riou became a seven-foot-five basketball star after his performances at IMG Academy in Florida went viral.
IMG Academy basketball player Olivier Riou has been thrust into the spotlight after dominating nationwide high school basketball games.
Surprisingly, doctors never predicted Riou’s growth spurt before reaching the world record.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Riou was born weighing 3.4 kg (7.5 lb) and then grew to 7.26 kg (16 lb) in his first month of life.
In the fifth grade, the Canadian was five foot two. The doctors thought that Ryu would reach his peak height of six foot five, but he completely crossed that threshold.
During a family vacation in Cuba, a queue of guests lined up throughout the resort, everyone was waiting in line to take a picture next to him.
Since both of his parents were over six feet tall, the Riou family had to remodel their home to suit their needs, meaning the ceilings and countertops had to be raised to better suit them.
The teenager represented Canada at the 2021 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Americas Under-16 Championship.
A high school athlete revealed that he wears size 20 shoes. Pictured: Riou with her Guinness World Record certificate.
In this picture, Riou just shows how tall he is by comparing his height to that of the NBA’s Kristaps Porzingis. Porisingis, who currently plays with the Washington Wizards, is seven feet, three inches tall.
As a child, Olivier looked through his Guinness World Records, studying the tallest people and comparing himself to previous record holders.
In 2020, 15-year-old Ren Keyou from China became the latest Guinness World Record winner as the tallest teenager at 221.03 cm (seven feet three inches).
17-year-old Maki Karrin also held the world record in 2020 for the longest legs in the world, making her technically the tallest woman on Earth.
The six-foot-10 Texan comes from a tall family and her right leg measures 53.255 inches while her slightly shorter left leg measures 52.874 inches.
Information about who was the tallest teenager in 2021 was not collected due to interruptions related to COVID-19.
To become a world record holder, you need to apply on the Guinness Book of Records website.
Before sending, a person must make sure that his record meets certain standards and register on the official website of the Guinness Book of Records.
After submitting the application and filling out the necessary documents, the organization will contact the person.
Ryu is not just tall, he is talented. He is a phenomenal passer, can throw three balls and finish under the basket.
Riou, who has been called Canada’s new basketball prodigy, hails from Montreal, Quebec.
Upon receiving the award, the IMG Academy posted a message on its website: “All IMG student athletes strive to reach the next level, but Olivier Riou achieves new heights in a different way.”
Fans on social media were in awe watching the teen’s hoop skills, with many pointing out that Riou could start an NBA career, while others pointed out how small the teen made the ball look.
One user, @brendanc_11, commented: “He’s holding the ball like it’s a tennis ball.”
@synwthwave1989 wrote: “Give him his name so we can tell our friends we knew him before the NBA.”
@worst_hooks_na wrote “The fact that he’s making a three-pointer looks like he’s reaching out and putting it in the basket.”
@danwillis427 said “I hope he just keeps working on his game and gets into the NBA.”
Fans on Instagram were in awe of the teen’s style of play, with some predicting that Riou’s destiny was to make it to the NBA.