Who is the youngest Olympian to compete? Other young medal winners

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Since 1896, the modern Olympic Games have delighted audiences during the winter and summer. 

Athletes from across the globe these days compete in just under 50 sports at the Summer Games and 16 at the Winter Games, all vying for the coveted gold, silver or bronze medals. The oldest Olympian to ever compete was Oscar Swahn of Sweden who was 72 years old when he competed in shooting at the 1920 Olympics. 

But what about on the other side of the age spectrum? Who is the youngest Olympian? Here are some of the youngest athletes to compete in the Olympic Games. 

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Who is the youngest Olympian?

Dimitros Loundras is the youngest athlete to ever compete in the Olympic Games, taking part in the 1896 Athens Olympics at 10 years, 216 days old. Loundras is also the youngest medal winner, having won the bronze medal in the team competition, according to Olympics.com. 

The young athlete participated only in the 1896 Olympics but has held this record since. 

Who is the youngest Olympic gold winner?

Kim Yun-Mi of South Korea is the youngest Olympic gold winner in history, winning her medal at 13 years and 85 days old during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, according to Guinness World Records. Kim competed in the 3,000 meter short-track speed skating relay event.

Marjorie Gestring is the youngest Summer Olympic gold medalist in history, having received the top prize for springboard diving at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Gestring of the U.S. competed at 13 years, 268 days old.

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