At a glance
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 after her sporting career she worked as a clerk. Upon the death of Durward Knowles in February 2018, Wideman became the oldest living Olympic champion.
Lydia in numbers
Oslo 1952GamesResultsSportEventOslo 1952
1 Gold medalCross Country Skiing10 kilometres