The Youngest Olympic Athlete

The youngest Olympic athlete was a Greek gymnast by the name of Dimitrios Loundras who competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. He was a member of the Ethnikos Gymnastikos Syllogos team and placed third of the three teams in the event, giving him a bronze medal. At 10 years 218 days he still remains the youngest medalist and competitor in Olympic history. Later in life, he became an admiral of the Greek Navy.

The Oldest Olympian

Swedish shooting expert Oscar Swahn won his first Olympic medal in 1908 when he was 60 years old. When the 1912 Summer Olympics came around to his native country, he was a member of the single shot running deer team which again won the gold medal. He also won bronze again at the individual double shot running deer event. After WWI, he competed in his last Olympics in the Antwerp Games and won a silver medal. At the time, he was 72. In total, he competed at three Olympic Games and won six medals, including three gold.

The Olympic Games have transformed so much since their start in ancient Greece but the goal has remained the same – to compete for pride, fame and Olympic glory. Enjoy these fun facts about the history of the Olympics and share them with others!

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