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  • #16
    Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

    Where does Wilma Rudolph (1956) rank?

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    • #17
      Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

      Wilma was born June 1940 - 16 when making Oly team.

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      • #18
        Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

        Maureen Caird, Australia was 16 when she won the 80m hurdles at Mexico, 1968. Raelene Boyle was 17 and finished 4th in the 100m and 2nd in the 200m.

        Marg, Australia (Oops, sorry! I forgot the topic was about US athletes! Apologies!!

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        • #19
          Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

          Better than youngest to compete would be youngest to win.

          I nominate for your consideration Illinois schoolgirl Elizabeth Robinson who, at age 16, won the 100m dash on 31 July 1928 at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam.

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          • #20
            Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

            The list of the youngest T&F US olympians:

            Women:
            14y338days 1952 Barbara Jones 4x100m
            15y 63days 1968 Esther Stroy 400m
            15y 81days 1956 Meredith Ellis 200m
            15y 92days 1972 Cindy Gilbert High jump
            15y202days 1952 Marjorie Larney Javelin

            Men
            17y 86days 1904 Fred Lorz Marathon
            17y165days 1900 Arthur Newton Marathon
            17y168days 1904 Frank Castleman 60m/100m/110mh/200mh
            17y171days 1964 Jim Ryun 1500m
            17y216days 1900 Edmund Minahan 60m/100m

            Cheers Tom

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            • #21
              Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

              Extend the men's list to six and, by my reckoning, you get 17-263 for Mathias in 1948. And he won his event!

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              • #22
                Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

                and not to make light of the others guys listed, but "making the Olympic team" in those years was just a tad easier than when Ryun and Mathias did it.

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                • #23
                  Re: Youngest U.S. Olympian?

                  Yeah, you're right. Even though Frank Waller (400m/400mh 1904) could be 6th if he was born after december 10th 1886, since his exact birthdate is not known to me.

                  /Tom

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