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Lydia Wideman

Full name: Lydia (Lyydi-) Wideman (-Lehtonen)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 61-62 kg
Born: May 17, 1920 in Vilppula, Mänttä-Vilppula, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Tamperen Hiihtoseura, Tampere (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


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 Wideman worked as a clerk.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 31 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 1 Gold

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1952 Winter 31 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 1 41:40 23:00 1
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