The World Championship win is a major step forward for Cummings, who has rapidly ascended the ranks as one of Team USA's brightest young athletes—a Katie Ledecky of the weightlifting platform, one who has already competed against the best in the nation even though he's not even out of high school. Cummings' June win at the Junior Worlds was America's first junior worlds title in 16 years. (For the sake of comparison: When Oscar Chaplin III won the .'s last junior worlds title, Cummings hadn't even been born yet .) He also won the 2015 national youth championship with a total of 306kg, and was the youngest of nearly 700 athletes at the world championships in November 2015, according to Team USA .