Olympic Sporting Events For The Young & The Young At Heart
Who is the youngest Olympian to compete? Or the oldest Olympian? Does it matter? Well, not really. No matter your age, there are sports and events for the young & the young at heart. Let’s find out more!
Of the 33 sports represented in this summer’s games, there are 46 disciplines and 339 medal events. Athletes range in age from 12 to 66. So, the youngest athlete to compete is Hend Zaza (Syria). She lost her table tennis match to Austrian born opponent Liu Jia, 39. But Zaza isn’t the only teenager playing to win. Two skateboarders, Kokona Hiraki (Japan) and Sky Brown (Great Britain) are 12 and 13 respectively.
And The Young At Heart?
So, most of the elders in this Olympic Games are Equestrians. The eldest is Australian Mary Hanna, 66. Hanna is joined by fellow Australian Andrew Hoy, 62. However, Uzbekistan’s 46-year-old gymnast, Oksana Chusovitina, is a stand-out. Among her many accomplishments, Chusovitina has several “firsts”:
- First to compete in 8 games
- First to earn 9 individual world championship medals; the most in a single event (Vault).
- One of two female Olympic Gymnasts to compete for 3 different national teams; Unified Team, Uzbekistan & Germany.
MissionFiT Athletes Are “Young At Heart”, Too!
One of our MissionFiT athletes recently celebrated her 60th birthday! However, Kim continues to walk, hike, swim or do whatever it takes to compete with the youngsters! Let’s see how the teams fair this week:
Rx’d All Inclusive
Honduras – 24
New Zealand – 19
Austria – 13
Italy – 12
Scaled All Inclusive
Kenya – 15
Switzerland – 14
Greece – 9
Scotland – 9
Sweden – 18
Cayman Islands – 8