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Old 08-02-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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Let's hear it for:

Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan--at 71 this equestrian is the oldest competitor at the 2012 London Olympics.

...and lest we think this is a new phenomenon, the oldest ever Olympian is Oscar Swahn of Sweden. He was 72 years, 281 days old when he competed at the 1920 Olympics in shooting. He also qualified for the 1924 Olympics but withdrew without competing.

The oldest woman to compete in the Olympics was British rider Lorna Johnstone, who participated in Equestrian at the 1972 Olympic Games at 70 years and 5 days old.

Think 55+ means you're ready for shuffle board and too old for competitive sports? Here are some gold medalists over 55:

Oscar Swahn won a gold medal for shooting at the 1912 Olympics, when he was 64 years and 280 days old. At the time of his win, Swahn was 9 months older than Galen Spencer had been when he won his gold medal in 1904.

Galen Carter Spencer was an American who competed in archery at the 1904 Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal in the team competition. He was born September 19, 1840, and competed on September 19, 1904, which means he competed on his 64th birthday.

Jerry Millner (born July 5, 1847) was a British shooter who represented Great Britain and Ireland at the 1908 Summer Olympics. He won a gold medal in the Free rifle at 1000 yards. At the time he was 61 years and 4 days old.

And a gold medalist who was almost 55: In 1908, British archery winner Sybil “Queenie” Newall became the oldest woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal, she was aged 53 years, 275 days.

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Old 08-02-2012, 05:41 PM
 
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Hoketsu could become the oldest competitor in olympic history if he competes in 2016. He said he doesn't plan to due to "age issues." Not his age--the horse's.

"I want to but I can't," Hoketsu said. "It's difficult to find a horse, and mine is now too old."
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:58 AM
 
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Looks like the oldest medalists this year will be Equestrian Nick Skelton from the UK. He is a gold medal winner at 54. Lesley Thompson-Willie, 52, won the silver medal for rowing.

I'm so impressed to see people our age among the elite athletes of the world. Some people think that once you pass 50 you'll barely be able to play shuffle board. These athletes show the answer is: Nope!!!!!
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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I just turned 50 so I say lets have a Senior Olympics. Who cares if participants are wearing outfits littered with AARP & Viagra & Metamucil & Polident logos.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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Let's also give a round of applause to Canadian horse show jumper, Ian Millar, who at 64 is still successfully competing ( and who is otherwise still showing professionally.)


Ian Millar a constant Olympic presence - Opinion and Analysis - The Games - CBC Sports


And unlike, some of the safe sports - shooting, archery etc. where you're not likely to get hurt, jumping huge fences on a horse brings serious danger. Anyone who rides knows you that in your fifties and sixties you don't bounce right back up like you did as a young person when you fall off, or heavens forbid, the horse falls.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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I just turned 50 so I say lets have a Senior Olympics. Who cares if participants are wearing outfits littered with AARP & Viagra & Metamucil & Polident logos.
They already have them ... Wiki-Senior Olympics

The 2013 summer games start July 20, 2013 in Cleveland
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:50 PM
 
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They already have them ... Wiki-Senior Olympics

The 2013 summer games start July 20, 2013 in Cleveland
I'll be damned, I didn't know that. So who's the favorite to win gold in Bingo?
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:59 AM
 
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I'll be damned, I didn't know that. So who's the favorite to win gold in Bingo?
The same guy who took the gold last year in my favorite sport: Giving Young Whippersnappers a Good Solid Thwap!
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