Schmidt is set to run in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She mainly focuses on the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 800-meter track events. And the rest of the world is now focusing on her, when not too long ago she was relatively unknown.
Her social media photos have been taking off in popularity. This German athlete was named "World's Sexiest Athlete" after people noticed her barrage of picture-perfect Instagram uploads. So...athleticism and beauty. Some people really do have it all.
"2016 was such an amazing year and I'm so grateful for everything that happened. My dreams are slowly coming true and I have achieved every goal I set this year," she pens to her fans on an Instagram post. She is also sponsored by Puma.
"[This] wouldn't have been possible without my family, friends, my coach and all the hard work. I can't wait to see where 2017 will take me and how much further I can push myself," she continues on. She is definitely a future star in the German athletic world — and the world, world.
When she's not running around on the track, Schmidt takes a load off her feet by travelling. She posts photos from a recent trip to the Dubai Desert. "Take only memories, leave only footprints," she says in one of her photos about the trip.
Here, Schmidt embraces one of her teammates and says she misses them because they're on break. It's important to surround yourself with your team. Anyone who has ever competed in sports know that they become like a second family.
Schmidt just finished up competing in the 2017 European Athletics Under-20 Championships. She and her team won the silver medal in the 4×400 relay event. Soon, she'll move on from junior athletics into fully fledged events.
The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 are going to be full of lots of familiar faces, but Germany is ready to send their fresh faced star to compete on the turf. Even without having ever competed in the Olympic Games, Schmidt has already garnered an overwhelming amount of support and success. Many athletes take years to receive a sponsorship, but Schmidt clinched her Puma deal early on.
"Being part of team Germany and representing my country makes me so happy," wrote Schmidt of her experience in the European Athletic Championships. "It was definitely one of the best experiences in my entire life! We did it. Thanks to all my friends and my family who supported me by watching the live stream or came to cheer us on."
Even with the mass of media surrounding her, Schmidt stays grounded. "No amount of physical beauty will ever be as valuable as a beautiful heart," she writes. It's likely that a level head like this has propelled her to athletic success.
"Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard," says the 18-year-old with words beyond her years. Best of luck to Schmidt in the years to come training for the Games. Now, we're going to go drink a smoothie and hop on the treadmill.