Sochi Olympics Trivia You Can Show Off

By Marisa Lascala - 2014-02-07T17:03:57Z

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Age is Just a Number

Pending It might seem intimidating watching all of those athletes, in the young primes of their lives, winning all those medals. And sure, the International Olympic Committee reports that youngest known medalist is Korea's Yun-Mi Kim, who in 1994 brought home the gold for the 3,000-meter short-track speed skating relay when she was just 13 years and 85 days old. But, really, you're never too old to compete.

In fact, the IOC reports that the oldest medalist, Sweden's Carl August Verner Kronlund, won a silver for curling when he was 58 years old. And a couple of athletes took some time—we're talking decades here—between medals. Switzerland's ice hockey star Richard "Bibi" Torriani and luger John Heaton of the United States both had a 20-year gaps between their medals, winning in both 1928 and 1948. More recently, biathlete Serguei Tchepivok took 18 years between medals, winning in 1988 and 2006.

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