Erik Kynard Jr. is an American track and field athlete who competes in the high jump. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a 21-year-old, he won a silver medal in the men's high jump. Kynard was born in 1991, the son of Erik Kynard and Brandynn Adams. He is a 2009 graduate of Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Kansas State University where he trains under Cliff Rovelto. He jumps off his right leg. At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Kynard made the Olympic team by placing second behind Jamie Nieto with a height of 2.28 m. At the Olympics, Kynard won silver behind Russian Ivan Ukhov with a height of 2.33 m, the first major international medal of his career. Ukhov won the competition with a height of 2.38 m. Throughout the high jump competition, Kynard was noticed by his American-themed tube socks. He will likely get gold after the disqualification of Ukhov for doping in 2019.
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About Erik Kynard Jr.
American high jumper who won a silver medal for the United States at the 2012 London Olympics.
He earned an athletic scholarship to compete at Kansas State University.
He competed in the 2011 World Championships and Universiade before winning his first international medal at the 2012 Olympics.
He has eight siblings, six sisters and two brothers.
He joined the company of Gabby Douglas by bringing home an Olympic medal for the United States.
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- American male high jumpers
- African-American male track and field athletes
- Olympic silver medalists for the United States in track and field