SF Chronicle: S.F.’s McCormick, 12, wins world fly casting title


Credit:  Leah Millis, The Chronicle

By Tom Stienstra, Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle

Maxine McCormick, San Francisco’s 12-year-old fly-casting prodigy, became the youngest gold medal winner at a world-class sporting event in history Friday. She tied her coach, Chris Korich of Oakland, for the gold and they became dual world champions at the World Championships of Fly Casting in Estonia.

While children have participated in world-class events, the previous youngest gold medal winner is believed to be 13-year-old American diver Marjorie Gestring at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

“I got shivers,” Korich said. “The ‘Coach and The Kid’ are now double gold medalists. Now we can all breathe. If I don’t get some sleep, I’ll need to go to the hospital for an IV.”

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