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Vash01
07-02-2011, 04:46 AM
Another one of those threads that definitely belong in the trash can:lol:

I was debating whether to make this thread for teen age champions, but decided not to because in FS a 19 year old feels like a fully mature person (feel free to disagree with me).

Anyway, I started making a list of these 'young' champions- world and Olympics only (Olympics have * against their names), so here it is. I could be off by a year in a few cases (corrections needed)

(I know Sonia Henie belongs here, but I don't know her ages when she won her titles; not sure about Carol Heiss either)


14: Tara Lipinski (97) Katia Gordeeva (86)


15: Tara*, Michelle Kwan, Katia


16:Oksana Baiul*(94), Sarah Hughes*(2002), Katia Gordeeva *(88)


17:Michelle (1998), Mao Asada (2008)? Not sure if she was 17 or 18.


18:Evgeni Plushenko (2001), Denise Biellman (81), Katarina Witt (84), Debbie Thomas (86?), Chen Lu (1995). Yu na Kim (2009 world champ)? I think she was 19 when she won the OGM, which would mean she was 18 when won the world title (not sure if this is accurate).

Also not sure if Miki Ando was 18 or 19 when she won her first world title.


If we were to include 19 year olds, it would include Midori Ito (89), Kristi Yamaguchi (91)

michiruwater
07-02-2011, 04:52 AM
Kimmie was 16 when she won worlds in '06.

Yu Na was 18 when she won Worlds in '09.

Mao was 17 in 2008.

Miki was 19 when she won, so she does not qualify.

Vash01
07-02-2011, 04:54 AM
How did I forget Kimmie? I watched her win in the arena in Calgary.

michiruwater
07-02-2011, 05:05 AM
Chen Lu was 18 in '95 :)

Assuming that Worlds were held in March and the Olympics in February back in the 20s, and hell if I know that they were, Sonja Henie won World titles at 14-18 in '27-'31 and the Olympic Gold at 15 in '28.

Peggy won world titles at 17 and 18 in '66 and '67.

Katarina Witt was 18 for both her first WC and OC in '84.

acraven
07-02-2011, 05:05 AM
Fratianne was 16 when she won 1977 Worlds.

Biellmann was 18 when she won 1981 Worlds.

Zayak was 16 when she won 1982 Worlds.

Sumners 18 (almost 19) when she won 1983 Worlds.

Vash01
07-02-2011, 05:07 AM
Chen Lu was 18 in '95 :)

Assuming that Worlds were held in March and the Olympics in February back in the 20s, and hell if I know that they were, Sonja Henie won World titles at 14-18 in '27-'31 and the Olympic Gold at 15 in '28.

Peggy won world titles at 17 and 18 in '66 and '67.

Yes, I listed Chen Lu as winning at 18 in 95.

I did not realize Peggy was that young when she won the world titles.

michiruwater
07-02-2011, 05:13 AM
Missed that! Sorry.

Dick Button was 18 when he won his first WC in '48.

Yags was either 17 or 18 in '98 depending on if the WCs were held after his birthday in 3/18, which I assume they were but don't really know. He was similarly 18 or 19 in '99.

googooeyes
07-02-2011, 05:16 AM
Canadian Don MacPherson won worlds in 1963 at age 18.
He was only 14 turning 15 when he was 10th in the 1960 Olympics.

Vash01
07-02-2011, 06:53 AM
Missed that! Sorry.

Dick Button was 18 when he won his first WC in '48.

Yags was either 17 or 18 in '98 depending on if the WCs were held after his birthday in 3/18, which I assume they were but don't really know. He was similarly 18 or 19 in '99.

No problem. Yags was 17 in 98.

falling_dance
07-02-2011, 07:06 AM
a few more:

16: Cecilia Colledge (1937)

17: Megan Taylor (1938), Aja Vrzanova (1949), Tenley Albright (1953), Anett Poetzsch (1978)

18: Taylor (1939), Vrzanova (1950), Barbara Ann Scott (1947), Gundi Busch (1954), Petra Burka (1965)

Jaana
07-02-2011, 10:38 AM
No problem. Yags was 17 in 98.

No, Yagudin was 18 as he won the Worlds (March 26 - April 5, 1998)

http://www.angelfire.com/mn/rinkside/98worlds.html

Yagudin was born on March 18, 1980.

aka_gerbil
07-02-2011, 03:42 PM
Baiul was just 15 when she won her world title in 1993.

I'm not entirely sure about this as I was a very small child at the time, but I think Grinkov was fairly young when he and Gordeeva won their first world title (17 or 18, maybe).

miki88
07-02-2011, 03:50 PM
The men make sense but didn't most of the female skaters win their major titles around this age range? (at least in contemporary times). I think a better question would be to ask who have won their major titles after 20.

zotza
07-02-2011, 04:11 PM
The 1986 per Wikipedia were helf between March 18 to March 23
Grinkov was born on Feburary 4,1967 so that makes him 19 at the time of Worlds.But he probably was one of the youngest male pair champions.At least I don't remember anyone younger after G/G won.

Spiralgraph
07-02-2011, 05:04 PM
I"m not certain, but I think Denise Bielmann (sp) was 17 when she won her world title.