With the turn of the decade, many new talents have come up across the globe. The Tokyo Olympics will see numerous young talents take on the world in a bid to make a mark early on in their career. There is a new generation of young athletes who are poised to make a big splash in this year’s Games.
The youngest-ever recorded athlete at an Olympic Games was 10-year-old Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who featured in the Modern Olympics’ birth in Athens 1896. While his record remains intact, there are numerous teenagers who will be rearing to go at the 32nd Summer Games.
Let’s take a look at the youngest athletes who will be featuring in 32nd Olympic Games.
5 youngest athletes to participate in Tokyo Olympics 2020
Brighton Zeuner (16 years)
Yet another skateboarder on the list, Brighton Zeuner will be making her Olympic debut this year around at the tender age of 16. In 2017, Zeuner became the youngest athlete to be crowned champion at the X Games, when she was 13. She has two Game gold medals in her kitty and will be looking to make her mark on the grandest stage.
The American started her professional career after being invited to Van’s Pool Party, Vans US open and X Games. She ended her maiden season winning the Inaugural Vans Park Series Championships in Malmo Sweden. The potential gold medal winner at Tokyo is full of tremendous potential which we will be witnessing in times to comes.
Bella Sims (16 years)
At the tender age of 16, Bella Sims became the lowest-seeded American swimmer to qualify for the Games this century. She was ranked 39th when she qualified for the 200m freestyle event. After making her way into finals in the event, she finished 5th in the event, securing herself a spot on the team as a relay-only swimmer for the 800 free relay.
Sims was one of four high school athletes to make the United States team. Entering the trials, she qualified for 11 of the 14 contested events. She has been in great touch for the last couple of years and will be looking to make a mark on her maiden appearance at the Summer Games.
Katie Grimes (15 years)
Katie Grimes became the youngest American swimmer to qualify for the Olympics since Katie Ledecky in 2012. Interestingly, Grimes came second behind Ledecky in the 800 freestyle to punch her ticket to Tokyo. The teenager shaved 11 seconds off her personal record to make the cut just in the nick of time.
Grimes broke onto the national scene as she earned bronze in the 1500 Free at the 2018 Wester Zone Senior Championships. Only 12 years back then, the prodigy hailing from Nevada never looked back since then as she won a flurry of bronze medals at the 2019 Southern California 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championship.
Sky Brown (13 years)
Teenager Sky Brown will be Britain’s youngest summer Olympian at the tender age of 13. She was named alongside Bombette Martin as Team GB’s skateboarders at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Brown bagged a silver medal at the Dew Tour and placed third in the World Championships in Rio last season.
The English prodigy faced a horrific injury last year as she fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. She has recovered following a surgery and will be looking to put the incident behind her as he gears up for the Tokyo Games.
Hend Zaza (11 years)
11-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza is set to become the youngest Olympians to feature at the Tokyo Olympics. Zaza qualified for the Games after winning four of five matches at the Western Asia Olympic Qualification tournament. She returned with the women’s singles title in Jordan in late February.
The Syrian is all set to become the youngest Olympian in 52 years since 11-year-old Beatrice Hustiu competed in figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics. Zaza is only a year older than the youngest known Olympian in the modern era: Dimitrios Loundras.