The closing ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020-2021 is approaching, having introduced us to a range of athletes from all around the world.
In the past three weeks, the multi-sport event has crowned athletes from different countries and different ages, making it clear that talent and dedication know no limit.
A 13-year-old skateboarder has become Britain’s first youngest-ever Olympic medallist, but she actually isn’t the youngest Olympian ever.
Who is the youngest ever Olympian?
- The youngest Olympian ever is Dimitrios Loundras, a ten-year-old gymnast who attended the very first Olympics in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
Loundras was at 10 years 216 days when he competed and won bronze in team parallel bars.
Ever since 1896, the record hasn’t been broken, but evidently, times have changed, and the Olympic Games have gained more significance.
According to EuroSport, rule 42 of the Olympics states that “There may be no age limit for competitors in the Olympic Games other than as prescribed in the competition rules of an IF as approved by the IOC Executive Board.”
So, boomers, millennials, or Gen Zs, are all welcome to compete as long as they’ve got the skills.
13-year-old British skateboarder wins Olympic medal
Sky Brown clearly has what it takes and has won a bronze medal at the age of just 13 years old, becoming the very youngest British Olympic medallist, making a whole nation proud and kicking off a promising career.
On August 4th 2021, Brown made history at 13 years and 28 days in the women’s park skateboarding at Tokyo 2020.
The Japanese-English self-taught athlete has over a million followers on Instagram and almost 300k subscribers on her YouTuber channel with her 9-year-old brother, Ocean.
She’s also Nike’s youngest athlete and has appeared in adverts alongside global icons, like Serena Williams and Simone Biles.
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