Sport: Figure Skating
Ondrej Nepela was a prodigy in the sport of figure skating. At the age of 13, Nepela competed in the 1964 Winter Olympics. While he ended up coming in 22nd place, it can't be overlooked that the guy was barely a teenager when he took part in his first Olympic Games. Following his disappointing finish in '64, the skater hailing from Czechoslovakia went on to win eight Czechoslovakian Championships, five European Championships, three World Championships and one gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
In 1989, Nepela died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 38.