Noel Vandernotte was only 12 years old when he climbed on to the podium at the 1936 Berlin games. He won two bronze medals for rowing, which made him the youngest sports person ever to win a medal.Staying with rowing, Bernard Malivoire won a gold medal at the youthful age of 14 during the 1952 Helsinki games. He was helmsman aboard the French boat with Raymond Salles and Gaston Mercier.The youngest ever Olympic gold medal winner is a German, Klaus Zelta. At 13, he won the gold for rowing at the Rome games. The tender age of these medal winners in rowing is explained by restrictions imposed by the sport's regulations, which state that a helmsman must not weigh more than 50 kg.The 1980s witnessed more champion baby exploits, especially in swimming, diving, and gymnastics.