Wideman at the 1952 Olympics
|Born||17 May 1920|
|Died||13 April 2019 98) (aged|
|Height||163 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||61–62 kg (134–137 lb)|
Lydia Wideman (later Wideman-Lehtonen, 17 May 1920 – 13 April 2019) was a cross-country skier from Finland and the first female Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing. In 1952 she competed in thirteen 10 km races and won all of them, including the 1952 Winter Olympics, national championships and Lahti Ski Games.
Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Finland is a Nordic country and is situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.
The 1952 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VI Olympic Winter Games, took place in Oslo, Norway, from 14 to 25 February 1952.
Lahti Ski Games is a yearly international winter sport event. The games last for three days, during which participants compete in cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined. In the nearly 90-year history of the Lahti Ski Games the fireworks seen on Saturday night have become one of the highlights of the event. The goal of establishing the games was to get a competition similar to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Finland. The Lahti ski & ski jump stadium is together with Holmenkollen in Oslo possibly the best stadium for such events in the world. From the large covered seater stand can the attenders see the skiers, first at the top of the hill on the opposite side, after a couple of seconds without possibility to see then, they then come out of a part of the surrounding woods, down a slope which ends in a dangerous left turn, and now the skiers are inside the stadium the long U-turn with the finish just below the covered stand. Most of the hill below the slope which leads into the stadium and 2/3 of the "final U", is terraced with stands. If necessary, presumably close to 100.000 people can watch the end of the races inside the stadium. Within Nordic Skiing is Lahti something like what old Wembley stadium was during an FA-cup final. Also the ski-jumping arena is large, but there are quite a few of that kind also elsewhere.
Wideman and her twin sister Tyyne were born in a family of ten siblings. Many members of her family were skilled cross-country skiers. km title in 1949–1951, beating Lydia in 1951, but retiring the same year.In particular, Tyyne won the national 10
In February 2018, following the death of Durward Knowles, she became the oldest living Olympic champion.She died on 13 April 2019, aged 98.
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