Tokyo Olympics: All About the Teen Medalists So Far

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Momiji Nishiya (C) of Japan poses with her street skateboarding gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on July 26, 2021, alongside silver medalist Rayssa Leal of Brazil (L) and bronze medalist Funa Nakayama of Japan at Ariake Urban Sports Park. (Kyodo via AP Images)(TOPPAGE) ==Kyodo (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Momiji Nishiya (C) of Japan poses with her street skateboarding gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on July 26, 2021, alongside silver medalist Rayssa Leal of Brazil (L) and bronze medalist Funa Nakayama of Japan at Ariake Urban Sports Park. (Kyodo via AP Images)(TOPPAGE) ==Kyodo (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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Though names like Lydia Jacoby and Momiji Nishiya may not have rung a bell only a week ago, they sure will now.

With most of the spotlight on household names to take home medals at the Tokyo Olympics this year, many have unintentionally overlooked the abilities of the younger athletes.

Ranging in age from as young as 13 to 18, these athletes have shocked fans in their triumphs so far, achieving gold medals in sports such as swimming, skateboarding and gymnastics. There is no formal minimum age for the Olympics, but individual sports do have eligibility requirements.

Here, WWD takes a look at all teen athletes who have medaled at the Summer Olympics so far. Read on for more.

Japan, Tokyo: Swimming: Olympics, women, 100m breaststroke, final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Lydia Jacoby from the USA cheers.

Olympics women’s 100m breaststroke final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Lydia Jacoby from the USA celebrates her first place win. (Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) 
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Lydia Jacoby, U.S.


Hailing from Alaska, the 17-year-old is the first Olympic swimmer to hail from the state. This week, Jacoby shocked fans when she won the gold medal in the women’s 100 meter breaststroke final, defeating South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker and her own teammate and fan-favorite Lilly King, who won the event in the last Olympics. An incoming senior at Seward High School in Seward, Alaska, Jacoby’s classmates, friends and family gathered in a hangar where they cheered on her victory.

Momiji Nishiya, Japan


Nishiya, who comes from Osaka, won first place in the final for the women’s skateboarding street event. At 13 years old, she is one of the youngest gold medalists ever. Skateboarding made its debut as an official Olympic event this year in Tokyo. Nishiya proves to the rest of the world that her country is one of the best for the sport.

Rayssa Leal, Brazil


Following behind Nishiya, 13-year-old Leal placed second in the women’s skateboarding street, which also makes her one of the youngest overall medalists and Brazil’s youngest Olympic medalist. Leal also has quite the social media presence, with nearly 6 million followers on Instagram and 1.8 million on TikTok.

Funa Nakayama, Japan


The podium for the women’s skateboarding street was stacked with teenagers, as Nakayama, 16, rounded out the top three to win the bronze.

Anastasija Zolotic, U.S.


Earlier this week, the 18-year-old made history when she won the gold medal, a first for the U.S., in women’s tae kwon do when she defeated Russia’s Tatiana Minina 25-17 to claim the featherweight division title.

Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia reacts after winning Men's 400m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo.

Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia reacts after winning Men’s 400 meter Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 25, 2021. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images ) 
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Ahmed Hafnaoui, Tunisia


When the men’s 400 meter freestyle final commenced, no one anticipated that the 18-year-old in lane eight would eventually come out on top. Hafnaoui edged out the favorites such as Australia’s Jack McLoughlin, who won silver, and America’s Kieran Smith, who won bronze.

Kim Je-deok, South Korea


The 17-year-old helped South Korea defend its men’s archery team title this Olympics. South Korea has always been a big name in archery, but Kim is proof the country could always remain on top for the sport.

From left, gold medalists Russian Olympic Committee's Liliia Akhaimova, Viktoriia Listunova, Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova pose for photos during the awarding ceremony after the artistic gymnastics women's team final competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, in Tokyo, Japan. Alexey Filippov / Sputnik via AP

From left, gold medalists Russian Olympic Committee’s Liliia Akhaimova, Viktoriia Listunova, Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova pose for photos during the awarding ceremony after the artistic gymnastics women’s team final competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, in Tokyo, Japan. (Alexey Filippov / Sputnik via AP) 
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Vladislava Urazova, Russian Olympic Committee


On Tuesday, Urazova was part of the Russian Olympic Committee team that upset the U.S. in the women’s all-around team event for gymnastics. Finishing fifth in the qualifying round, the 16-year-old helped the ROC round out the Americans as she partook in all four apparatuses: vault, balance beam, uneven bars and floor.

Viktoria Listunova, Russian Olympic Committee


Alongside Urazova was Listunova, also 16. Had the games occurred when they were initially scheduled in 2020, Lisunova would’ve been too young to compete — gymnasts must be at least 16 to compete in the Olympic Games. She participated on the bars, beam and floor.

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