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Faster, Higher, Longer: Cheers for These Older Olympic Athletes

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Okay, we’ve ooohed and awed over the 17-year-old snowboarders and their peers. But how about the other end of the age spectrum? Who says world-class sports are only for adolescents or 20-something hard bodies?

Check out the oldest female Olympians at PyeongChang. Each earned a spot through exhausting training, years of experience, and their natural talents.  That – and, oh yes, improvements in sports medicine.

“It’s not a given anymore that you’d become weaker and slower with aging,” Robert Litchfield, a Canadian orthopedic surgeon who has operated on around 30 Olympic-level skiers, has noted. “You can maintain a lot of physical tools if you take good care of yourself. Plus, with age comes wisdom.”

Here, the amazing 40+ women rocking the Games:

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Cheryl Bernard, 51 — Curling; Canada. (No jokes about curling not being a sport, please.)

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Claudia Pechstein, 45 — Speed Skating; Germany.

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Hanna-Riikka Valila, 44 (above) — Hockey; Finland.

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Claudia Riegler (44) — Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom; Austria.

–Janet Siroto

 

 

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Cindy Brim Lee!!

Great, great! NextTribe Jeannie Ralston

Wait, would you write a story about midlife men who are athletes? Huge credit to all the athletes.

We would if we were a men’s magazine!!

Cool and awesome!! We “older” female athletes are badass whether in the Olympics or just running around the neighborhood! Thanks

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