Pushing boundaries. The youngest known Olympian to take home a medal was 10-year-old Dimitrios Loundras, who finished third in the team parallel bars at the 1896 Olympic Games.
Can a 12-year-old compete in the Olympics?
According to the International Olympic Committee, “there is no specific age limit for taking part in the Olympic Games.” … It explains why competitors ranged in age from 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki, Japan’s youngest Olympian ever, to 46-year-old Rune Glifberg, the oldest skateboarder at the Tokyo Games.
Do Olympians get paid?
However, most Olympic medal winners do receive a cash reward from their home Olympic committee. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee pays members of Team USA $37,500 for each gold medal they win, $22,500 for every silver, and $15,000 for a bronze.
What is the age limit for the Olympics?
According to the official Olympics website, there is no age limit for those wanting to compete. Under rule 42, it states: “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.”
How old is the youngest Olympic swimmer?
The current accepted youngest gold medalist is Marjorie Gestring, a 13-year-old American diver who won the springboard competition in 1936. Her record was threatened by Momiji Nishiya of Japan, a 13-year-old who won the street skateboard competition last week.