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Age and the Olympics

by on August 13, 2012

How old do you think was the oldest competitor in the London 2012 Games? 40? 50? 60?

No, he was 71.

Hiroshi Hoketsu, representing Japan in the dressage, finished 17th out of 24. See an interview with him ahead of the Games on the BBC website here.

His biggest motivation, he says, is to feel he is improving.

And some fascinating statistical analysis about the age of the medal winners in all the different Olympic events can be found in this piece in The Guardian. The oldest medalists are indeed in the equestrian events (average age 37) and the youngest in gymnastics (average age 21) and diving (22).

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