Youngest Olympians of 2012

Teenage athletes from around the globe have punched their ticket for London 2012. Ranging from ages 15 to 19, these young adults qualified to participate on behalf of their nations at the Summer Olympics. -- By Paul Rosales

Gabby Douglas

USA's Gabrielle Douglas performs on the uneven bars during the women's team final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials - Day 7

OMAHA, NE - JULY 01: Kathleen Ledecky participates in the medal ceremony for the Women's 800 m Freestyle during Day Seven of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 1, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

XVI Pan American Games - Day 1

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 15: Erica Wu (R) and Lily Zhang of USA celebrate after their doubles victory during the Women's Table Tennis during Day One of the XVI Pan American Games at Code Dome on October 15, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Missy Franklin

2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials - Day 4

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01: Jordyn Wieber during practice before the start of day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

FINA Diving World Series 2012 (2nd Leg) - Day 2

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 24: Ivan Garcia of Mexico competes in the Men's 10m Semi- Final during day two of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2012 Beijing Station at the National aquatics center-water cubeon on March 24, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

2012 Team USA Media Summit

DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Equestrian team member, Reed Kessler, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 - Day 2

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 08: He Kexin of China competes on the Uneven Bars aparatus in the Women's qualification during day two of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 8, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Diving Day Seven - 14th FINA World Championships

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 22: Jack Laugher of Great Britain competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final during Day Seven of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 22, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

2012 Archery World Cup

OGDEN, UT - JUNE 21: Alejandra Valencia from Mexico competes in the 2012 Archery World Cup, Olympic team qualifying event June 21, 2012 at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah. Mexico women team took second place and qualified for the Olympics in London. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 - Day 9

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 15: Victoria Komova of Russia competes in the apparatus finals during day nine of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 15, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 - Day 2

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 08: Jennifer Pinches of Great Britain competes on the Floor aparatus in the Women's qualification during day two of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 8, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

British Olympic Diver Tom Daley Launches His Autobiography At Waterstones Piccadilly

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: British Olympic diver Tom Daley poses for the media during the launch of his new autobiography, 'My Story,' on his 18th birthday at Waterstones book store on May 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

FIG Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification - LOCOG Test Event for London 2012: Day Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Rebecca Tunney of Great Britain in action on the balance beam during the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification round at North Greenwich Arena on January 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Claressa Shields, Tika Hemingway

Claressa Shields, left, and Tika Hemingway battle during a middleweight boxing match at the U.S. Olympic women's boxing team trials on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Shields won. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)

Swimming Day Fifteen - 14th FINA World Championships

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 30: Bronze medalist Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands poses after the Women's 200m Backstroke Final during Day Fifteen of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 30, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Anastasia Grishina

Russia's Anastasia Grishina performs on the balance beam, during the team finals at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Brussels, Saturday, May 12, 2012. Romania won the team final with Russia placed second and Italy placed third. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

AT&T USA Grand Prix Diving - Day One

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 05: Alejandra Orozco Loza of Mexico dives during the Women's Platform Preliminary round of the AT&T USA Grand Prix Diving at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Complex on May 5, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

European Championships Artistic Gymnastics - Women's Apparatus Finals

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 10: Diana Maria Chelaru od Romania performs on the floor during the European Championships Artistic Gymnastics Women's Apparatus Finals at Max-Schmeling Hall on April 10, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Youth Olympics Day 8 - Gymnastics

SINGAPORE - AUGUST 22: Diana Bulimar of Romania competes in the Women's floor final on day eight of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics at Bishan Sports Hall on August 22, 2010 in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

XVI Pan American Games - Day 1

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 15: Ariel Hsing of USA in action during the Women's Table Tennis during Day One of the XVI Pan American Games at Code Dome on October 15, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

FIG Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification - LOCOG Test Event for London 2012: Day Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Yao Jinnan of China in action on the balance beam during the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification round at North Greenwich Arena on January 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Selective Gran Prix Of Archery 2010

MONTERREY, MEXICO - MARCH 12: Archer Mariana Avitia of Mexico in action during the selective Grand Prix of Archery for the Youth Olympic Games at the sport center of UANL on March 12, 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Alfredo Lopez/Jam Media/LatinContent/Getty Images)

2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials - Day 6

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 30: Lia Neal celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100 m Freestyle during Day Six of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 30, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Australian Gymnastics Portrait Session

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: Australian artistic gymnast Emily Little poses during an Australian Gymnastics team portrait session at the State Sports Centre on May 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

National Championship Selective and First Force of Diving

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - APRIL 13: Carolina Mendoza attended the National Championship Selective and First Force of Diving at High Performance Center on April 13, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Alfonso Manzano/Clasos.com/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Larisa Andreea Iordache

Romania's Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the floor, during the apparatus finals at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Brussels, Sunday, May 13, 2012. Romania's Larisa Andreea Iordache won the gold medal, Romania's Catalina Ponor placed second and Britain's Hannah Whelan placed third. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 - Day 1

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Dominique Pegg of Canada performs on the Beam aparatus in the Women's Qualification during the day one of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Tokyo 2011 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 7, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

2012 U.S. Men's Boxing Olympic Team Trials

MOBILE, AL - AUGUST 05: Jose Ramirez (red) lands a punch on Raynell Williams (blue) during the 2012 U.S. Men's Boxing Olympic Team Trials at the Mobile Civic Center on August 5, 2011 in Mobile, Alabama. Ramirez defeated Williams in a decision. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Annabelle Smith of Australia competes in the Women's 10m Platform Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Diving Day Four - 14th FINA World Championships

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 19: Brittany Broben of Australia competes in the Women's 1m Springboard Final during Day Four of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 19, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 23: Aliya Mustafina of Russia competes on the Vault during the Apparatus Final of the 42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Ahoy on October 23, 2010 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Wang Xin

China's Wang Xin returns the shuttlecock to South Korea's Sung Ji-hyun during women's singles quarter finals at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, June 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

FIG Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification - LOCOG Test Event for London 2012: Day Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Youna Dufournet of France in action on the uneven bars during the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification round at North Greenwich Arena on January 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Victoria Moors

Victoria Moors of Canada flips on the balance beam during the American Cup gymnastics meet at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, March 3, 2012. Moors placed fourth in the event. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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