6 of the youngest ever athletes to compete at the Olympics — and 5 of the oldest – Insider

Klaus Zerta, age 13, won a gold medal as a coxswain at the 1960 Olympics along alongside rowers Bernhard Knubel and Heinz Renneberg.

Klaus Zerta stands between Heinz Renneberg and Benhard Knubel on a dock

From left to right: Heinz Renneberg, Klaus Zerta, and Benhard Knubel.
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Zerta was the youngest medalist at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, and the youngest gold medalist in Germany’s history.

13-year-old Gaurika Singh of Nepal was the youngest athlete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Swimmer Gaurika Singh dives into the Olympic swimming pool

Gaurika Singh.
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Singh holds the Nepalese record for the 100-meter backstroke. She placed 31st in the event at the 2016 Olympics.

In 1996, Dominique Moceanu became the youngest US gymnast to win gold when she was 14.

Dominique Moceanu jumps on the balance beam

Dominique Moceanu.
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Moceanu was a member of the “Magnificent Seven,” the first US gymnastics team to win the team gold medal.

Tara Lipinsky remains the youngest ever gold medalist in Olympic figure skating since her win at the 1998 Olympics at 15 years old.

Tara Lipinski

Tara Lipinski.
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Lipinski became the first woman to land a triple loop-triple loop in competition, beating Michelle Kwan to win the gold medal. Lipinski went on to become a professional figure skater with Stars on Ice and commentator with fellow skater Johnny Weir.

Dara Torres became the oldest swimmer to win an Olympic medal at the 2008 Olympics at age 41.

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Dara Torres.
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Out of the five Olympic Games Torres competed at, she was the oldest US swimmer at two of them. She won a total of 12 Olympic medals over her swimming career — four each of gold, silver, and bronze.

Gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, age 46, is set to compete in her eighth Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo.

Olympic gymnast Oksana Chusovitina with her hands raised above her head

Oksana Chusovitina.
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Chusovitina is the oldest gymnast in Olympic history. She won a team gold medal with the Soviet Union in 1992, and a silver medal while representing Germany in 2008. She will represent Uzbekistan in Tokyo.

Lorna Johnstone of Great Britain remains the oldest woman to ever compete in the Olympics at 70 years old.

Lorna Johnstone on horseback

Lorna Johnstone.
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Johnstone competed in equestrianism at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. After her Olympic run, she was inducted into the Royal Horse Society Hall of Fame.

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