The Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been underway for almost a week, and athletes they have been breaking records and high score. While the focus is on young stars like gymnasts Simone Biles or Gabby Douglas, world record swimmer holding Katie Ledecky, or even swimmer Nepal Gaurika Singh, who is the youngest at the age of 13 Olympic athlete, Olympic older still are giving their all, showing us that age does not mean anything.
Some of these older competitors were before the Olympics, but others are having their first Olympic moment this year. They are competing with the rest of the competition and challenging the assumptions of what the body can do as you get older
Let’s take a second to meet these phenomenal athletes :.
Julie Brougham, 62 (New Zealand):
at the age of 62 spritely, Julie Brougham New Zealand is competing in his first Olympics ever. She is an equestrian rider and is competing in equestrian dressage individual category in Rio. She has been riding horses since she and her sister shared a Shetland pony and children
Maria Hanna, 61 (Australia) :.
The equestrian rider is the oldest of this Olympic year in Australia, but she did not it is alien to the Olympics. 2016 marks his fifth Olympic appearance and she feels she is hitting its best. She started at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and has its sights set on competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! She is a grandmother of three, people! She will be competing in equestrian individual dressage events and team this year
Phillip Dutton, 52 (United States) :.
oldest Olympian United States just snagged a bronze medal in the equestrian event individual! When he interviewed after the event, which accredits his horse to victory. This is the sixth time in the Olympic Games and is contending with best just a month before his rd 53 birthday.
Jo Pavey, 42 (Great Britain):
Jo Pavey is breaking records for Britain this year, and she hasn ‘not even hit the track yet. It is the oldest track athlete ever in Britain, and is the first British track star to compete in five Olympics. She is a mother of two and surprised the world in 2014 when he was placed first in the European Championship, just 11 months after giving birth to her daughter.
Bernard Lagat, 41 years old (United States):
Following the athletics, we will meet Bernard Lagat, who is the second oldest US track and field star in history. Originally from Kenya, who competed in the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004, Lagat competed for the US in 2008, 2012, 2016 and now he is not thinking about his age, because if it does, it says “… if I think I’m old, I’ll run like an old”
Oksana Chusovitina, 41 (Uzbekistan) :.
2016 Olympic Games mark Oksana seventh. She is the oldest female gymnast to ever compete in Olympic history. While she has competed for Germany in the past, Oksana will be representing his home country of Uzbekistan this year. Despite competing against women half her age, she is holding her own out there. After all, she took silver in the vault at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
When you’re on the podium, age does not matter. In fact, age does not matter what happens. These Olympic elderly are proving Olympians, as well as their younger competitors.