The first week of the 2018 Winter Olympics have been dominated by the gold medals and incredible success of snowboarding phenoms Chloe Kim and Red Gerard.
Despite the fact they haven’t reached the age of 18, they still don’t qualify as the youngest Olympic gold medalists of all time. Check out these Olympic champions all under the age of 16.
Marjorie Gestring – 13 Years Old
Gestring’s gold in the 1936 games at the age of just 13 has stood the test of time, making her the youngest Olympic gold medalist in the history of the sport. Not only did she take first place for the U.S. that year in the diving event, but also she’s been inducted into both the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fall and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Nadia Comaneci – 14 Years Old
Competing for Romania in the 1976 Summer Games, Comaneci’s flawless performance earned her the first perfect 10 in gymnastics. She’d go on to claim a pair of additional gold medals four years later.
DOMINIQUE MOCEANU – 14 YEARS OLD
One of the youngest Olympians ever to compete, Moceanu helped The Magnificent Seven of 1996 win gold in team gymnastics.
Yasuji Miyazaki – 15 Years Old
The Japanese swimmer took home gold in the 1932 Olympics after placing first in the men’s 100-meter freestyle event. He wasn’t finished there, however, as he struck gold again the following day as part of the 4×200 freestyle relay team.
Tara Lipinski – 15 Years Old
Lipinski became the youngest Winter Olympian to win individual gold when she bested the competition in the 1998 games.
Jennifer Capriati – 16 Years Old
Before she was the top-ranked tennis player in the world, and before she won a trio of Grand Slam tournaments, the young Capriati brought home gold to the United States in the 1992 Barcelona-hosted games after knocking off fellow legend Steffi Graf.
Sandy Neilson – 16 Years Old
Neilson shocked the world in 1972. The heavy underdog won the 100-meter freestyle in a record time of 58.59 seconds.
Because of her strong performance, she was added to both the 4×100-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relay teams where she once again found herself atop the podium with an additional pair of world record times.
Betty Robinson – 16 Years Old
Along with being one of the youngest Olympic gold medalists ever, Robinson can lay claim to winning the first ever women’s 100-meter dash during the 1928 games in Amsterdam.
Sun Shuwei – 16 Years Old
Shuwei took home gold in the 10-meter platform diving event in 1992, which would end up being his only Olympic medal of his career.