Florida basketball star breaks record as tallest teenager in the world

The tallest teen in the world is from Florida

BRADENTON, Fla. – One teenager from Florida is already breaking records on and off the court. He reached new heights by becoming a Guinness World Record holder.

Olivier (Ollie) Rioux from Bradenton, Florida, is 7 feet, 5 inches tall, and at 15 years old, he stands as the tallest teenager in the world, according to Guinness World Records.

Ollie towers over other players on the basketball court and says he always has.

“My mom is 6-2 and my dad is 6-8,” Ollie said. “When I was 10, 11, 12, I started growing... I was taller than every kid in my school.”

Ollie plays basketball and his coach said he could go far.

“He loves basketball,” his coach, Jeremy Schiller, said. “That’s huge. Some kids are just tall and people make them do it.”

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.