Now that the London Olympics 2012 is over, the list of winners in three levels have been tabulated already as per numbers of gold, silver, and bronze received from different events. People would really miss the excitement that it actually brings to the countries that participated in this Olympic event. Amidst of series of news, controversies, and other must-see and never-forgotten moments, being enlisted as title holders for championships are already rewarding for the individuals who have done their part to make their country proud of their accomplishments. How much more, if one of them have made it at a very young age? Throughout the history of Olympics since it started in 1896, there were several Olympians who have proven their worth, skills, and abilities despite of their innocence and youth. They were able to compete, and lastly, they have brought pride, championship titles, and they are included on the top 10 youngest Olympian medalists in the history of Olympics.
10. Toni Nieminen
Although he has retired in ski jumping events and competitions in 2004, he has set a wonderful and remarkable record in history as one of the youngest Olympian medalist. In the 1992 Winter Olympics, which was held in Albertville, he got a gold medal in the Individual Large Hill, another gold medal for Team Large Hill, and a bronze medal for Individual Normal Hill. He even received the Finnish Sports Personality of the Year that same year for the performance that he had shown in the entire Winter Olympics in 2012.
9. Anne Henning
She was only 16 years old when she won the gold medal in the 500m match for speed-skating in the 1972 Saporro Winter Olympics. She began setting in this type of sport when she reached 15 years old wherein she did work her way for the 500m and 1,000m long-skate. She is 56 years old now, but she still expresses her desire of playing her favorite sport.
8. Tara Lipinski
She was 15 years old when she grabbed the gold medal for playing the Ladies’ Singles Olympic during the Winter Olympics 1998. She is a known Olympic Skater in America. Moreover, she still holds the title of the youngest Olympian medalist that ever won in the Winter Olympics. She was born and raised in Philadelphia on June 10, 1982, but her passion for skating started to develop when she was 3 years old when she started playing roller skating.
7. Dominique Moceanu
She is better known as Domi and her whole name is Dominique Helena Monceanu, who became part of winning the gold-medal for the team during the 1996 Olympics. She is an expert for floor routines and acrobatics on the beam. In fact, she made the spectators vow to her because of the unparalleled exhibitions that she had shown on the floor. She was only 14 years old when she became part of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, belonging to the popularly known group as The Magic Seven.
6. Nadia Comaneci
She was the only gymnast in history who received a perfect 10 score, which made her a renowned winner in this field since 1976 when she got her first set of gold medals at age 14. Hence, she is also the youngest gymnast who ever hold that title when she received it during the Montreal Olympic in 1976. She still keeps the title of the best-known gymnast in the world. Although she is already 50 years old, but the incredible score and fame has not yet left her where she forever made a mark in the history of the Olympics, especially that none has taken the title away from her.
5. Fu Mingxia
She is a proud representative of China in the field of diving wherein she also holds the title of the youngest diver ever played and swam in the 10m platform who took home the gold medal in Summer Olympics in 1992, which was held in Barcelona. In fact, she was called by people as a Diving Queen. She did not stop taking gold medals from the series of Olympics held in various countries. Hence, she got another gold medal for the 3-meter spring board during Summer Olympics in 1996 that took place in Atlanta.
4. Marjorie Gestring
She was 13 years old when she became part of the diving team for the United States that represented the competition for the Berlin Games in 1936 wherein they won gold medal. Based on records, she is the youngest diver who ever made to the team, and who got the highest position at her age. Despite that she was never able to play in the 1940 Olympics because of the World War II, her performance will never be forgotten, and it will stay on the pages of the history of Olympics.
3. Kim Yoon
If you were thinking that Marjorie Gestring is the youngest Olympian medalist in the world, you better hold yourself back because there are three more, and the amazing part of it is that a 13-year old female champion from South Korea got the 3rd spot for this list. She has actually competed in the 3,000-m short-track speed skating relay in 1994 that brought her gold medal that year.
2. Inge Sørensen
A 12-year old swimmer from Denmark holds the youngest Olympian female medalist in history. She might have got a bronze medal in the 1936 200m Breaststroke competition, however, in the 1938 London Olympics, she won gold medal for 200m breast stroke. She was born and raised in Skovshoved, Gentofte and passed away on March 09, 2011 carrying and leaving the legacy of triumphs that she had done.
1. Dimitrios Loundras
He was part of the first athletes who ever played in the first Olympics held in 1896. He was born on September 04, 1885 and died on February 15, 1971. He took part in the Summer Olympics held in Athens where his team received a bronze medal at age 10. Throughout history, he still holds the title of the youngest athlete ever played in the history of Olympics in the world. He represented the Greece team, and he was part of the Ethnikos Gymnastikos Syllogos team.