At a glance

17 May 1920 Vilppula, Finland
163 cm / 62 kg 5'4'' / 136 pounds
Female

Lydia Wideman became the first female Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing when she won a gold medal in the 10 km at the 1952 Winter Olympics. The Finns completely dominated that race by taking all podium places and a fifth place. Wideman won the Finnish title in the 10 km in 1952 and silver in 1951. She also won the 10 km at the 1952 Lahti Ski Games, the 10 km at Ounasvaara in 1951 and 1952, and the 10 km race at Puijo in 1949. In 1952 Wideman started in 13 races and won all of them. During and...

Lydia in numbers

1
Olympics
Olympics
1
medals
Gold medal:1 Silver medal: Bronze medal:
  • Oslo
    Oslo 1952
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Oslo
    Oslo 1952
    • 1 Gold medal
      Cross Country Skiing
      10 kilometres

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