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Carla Marangoni, Oldest Olympic Medalist, Dies at 102
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Italian gymnast Carla Marangoni, who won a silver medal at the 1928 Olympic Games, died January 18 at age 102. Marangoni was the eldest living Olympic medalist and the last surviving competitor of the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Pictured: The Italian women's gymnastics team in Amsterdam, where they became the first women to win an Olympic medal for Italy.

Italian gymnast Carla Marangoni, who won a silver medal at the 1928 Olympic Games, died January 18 at age 102, the Italian Olympic Committee announced. Marangoni was the eldest living Olympic medalist and the last surviving competitor of the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

Marangoni was just 12 when she and her teammates placed second behind the host Dutch women in Amsterdam, the first Olympic competition in which female gymnasts included. The team competition was the only event contested for the women. Marangoni, along with teammates Bianca Ambrosetti, Lavinia Gianoni, Luigina Giavotti, Luigina Perversi, Diana Pizzavini, Luisa Tanzini, Carolina Tronconi, Ines Vercesi and Rita Vittadini were the first women to win an Olympic medal for Italy.

Since the death of American athlete Simone Schaller, 1932 and 1936 Olympic hurdler in 2016 at age 104, Marangoni had been the oldest living Olympian. Marangoni was also the Olympian who lived the longest after competing in the Olympics (89 years).

In contrast, her teammate Bianca Ambrosetti holds the sad record of being the youngest Olympian to have died, as she succumbed to tuberculosis in 1929, at the age of just 15.

Marangoni, whose first name was often misspelled as Clara, trained at Ginnastica Pavese 1879 in Pavia like her teammates, and they earned the nickname Piccole Pavesi. She did not continue to compete in the sport as few opportunities were available for women, and she later became an accountant. Prior to World War II, Marangoni worked for the Pavia Transportation Department, and thus became one of the first women in Italy to earn a driver's license.

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