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18 Feb 2006
Olympic News

It is never too late for a medal

Norway's Hilde Pedersen became the oldest woman to win an Olympic Winter Games medal when she took bronze in the cross-country skiing 10-km classical event on Thursday. Pedersen is aged 41 years and 189 days.
The previous oldest winner of a women's individual medal was Finland's Marja-Liisa Kirvisniemi, who took a bronze in the 30-km event at the Lillehammer Games in 1994 at the age of 38 years 167 days.
Raissa Smetanina remains the oldest winner of a gold medal however with her victory in the 4x5-km relay at Albertville in 1992 aged 39 years and 354 days.
Nor too early…
The youngest female athlete to win a Winter Olympic gold medal was Kim-Yoon-Mi from South Korea who won the 3000m speed skating relay event in Lillehammer in 1994 aged 13 year and 83 days.
In an individual event, the youngest female medalist is Andrea Mitscherlich of the former East-Germany who won the 3000m speed skating in 1976 in Innsbruck aged 15 years and 68 days.




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