The Youngest Olympians in the History of the Games
Marc Gordon - January 16, 2021

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

It’s no secret that to reach the Olympic games takes unbelievable skill, dedicated training, and a strong determination. Most athletes work nearly 24/7 their whole lives to get into the Olympic games. That is what makes it all the more incredible that there are some very young athletes- some as young as 10 years old- who have made it into the Olympics competing against athletes years older than them. Here’s a look at some of the youngest athletes in history to make it to the Olympic games!

Tara Lipinski, 15

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During the 1998 Winter Olympics, 15-year-old famed U.S. skater won her first gold medal in the Ladies’ Single event. Tara Lipinski became the youngest person ever to hold the title of U.S., World, and Olympic Champion, and then turned professional at age 15, touring with Champions on Ice and Stars on Ice.