The youngest and oldest Olympians at the Tokyo Games – TODAY


It is said that with age comes experience and wisdom, but at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics we will see that amazing athleticism can be another hallmark, as proven Phillip Dutton, 57, the oldest Olympian in Team USA.

And at the age of 24, MyKayla Skinner is the oldest woman to be on a U.S. Olympic gymnastics team since 2004 – just a few months ahead of four-time all-star gold medalist Simone Biles.

But it’s not just those who are aging who stand out among the world’s best athletes as singularly impressive. The younger ones – like Katie Grimes, 15 of the US swim team – are in a league of their own as well.

Who are the oldest Olympians on the US team at the Tokyo Games?

Equestrian Phillip Dutton poses with his bronze medal on the Today show in Brazil in 2016. Harry Comment / Getty Images

Philippe Dutton, 57 years old

On track to become America’s longest-serving Olympian since 2008, when sailor John Dane III held the honor, equestrian Phillip Dutton will lead the US three-rider eventing team, with reservations. Total equestrian sport combines dressage, cross country and show jumping.

And Tokyo won’t be Dutton’s first five-ring rodeo. The 57-year-old rider is a seven-time Olympian. Returning to Rio in 2016, when he won bronze in the eventing, he became the oldest US Olympic medalist since the 1952 Helsinki Games. Born in Australia, he won team gold for the Australia in 1996 and 2000 before starting to represent the United States at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Abdi Abdirahman, 44 years old

At 44, Abdi Abdirahman is the oldest American runner to ever be on an Olympic team. He has competed in four previous Olympics, finishing 10th in the 10,000 meters in 2000, but in 2012 did not complete the marathon. He failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Nicknamed “The Black Cactus”, Abdirahman was born in Somalia and became a US citizen in 2000.

Olympian fiancées Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird pose before a game on October 30, 2019.Noah Graham / NBAE via Getty Images

Sue Bird, 40

Five-time Olympic basketball player Sue Bird will become America’s oldest basketball player and oldest woman to play at 40 when she plays her fifth Olympics in Tokyo. Bird and teammate Diana Taurasi hope to become the first players to win a fifth Olympic gold, in a team that has won 49 consecutive games at the Olympics since 1992. The WNBA superstar is engaged to the team’s Megan Rapinoe American football.

Carli Lloyd, 39

Soccer star Carli Lloyd will be 39 before the Tokyo Games and will be the oldest player the United States Women’s National Team has ever sent to the Olympics. She hopes to win a third gold medal at her fourth Olympics.

MyKayla Skinner, 24

MyKayla Skinner is the oldest woman to be on a U.S. Olympic gymnastics team since 2004, just months older than four-time all-star gold medalist Simone Biles. Skinner is also the team’s first married member since Annia Hatch in 2004.

Skinner was a replacement for the United States team for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and then played at the college level, winning two NCAA titles with the University of Utah. At 22, she decided to return to the elite level and started training for the 2020 Games, which of course were postponed. Her dreams were nearly shattered again when in December 2020 she contracted COVID-19, resulting in a case of pneumonia that took her to the hospital for a week and also delayed her workout routine. at the Olympic games. But with hard work and the support of her teammates, she earned her coveted place on the team.

Who are the youngest Olympians on the US team at the Tokyo Games?

Katie Grimes after competing in a preliminary round at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swim Trials.Tom Pennington / Getty Images

Katie Grimes, 15

Las Vegas-born Katie Grimes, 15, is the youngest American Olympic swimmer since five-time gold (and once silver) Katie Ledecky, who was also 15 when she first dived. once in Olympic stardom at the London 2012 Games. This will be Grimes’s first time competing in the Olympics.

Brighton Zeuner at Dew Tour 2019 Long Beach on June 16, 2019.Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images

Brighton Zeuner, 16

California skater, Brighton Zeuner, 16, is another first-time Olympian, though she already made history at 13, when she became the youngest X Games champion in 2017.

Colin Duffy competes in Innsbruck, Austria on June 25, 2021.Johann Groder / AFP via Getty Images

Colin Duffy, 17

Hailing from the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, first-time Olympian Colin Duffy started climbing around the age of five. At 17, he is one of Team USA’s youngest athletes, competing in the new Olympic sport climbing event.

Erriyon Knighton, 17

Erriyon Knighton is the youngest American male athlete to qualify for the Olympics in 57 years. The Tampa, Florida native is 6 feet 3 inches tall and is known for his long stride. He started as a football player whose coaches suggested the track in 2019, then turned pro as a runner earlier this year. He broke Usain Bolt’s under-18 world record in May, clocking 20.11 seconds, then broke that record at the Olympic trials in 19.84.

Who are the oldest and youngest international Olympians at the Tokyo Games?

62-year-old Australian equestrian and three-time Olympic gold medalist Andrew Hoy is set to compete in his eighth Olympics at the Tokyo Games and will become Australia’s oldest competitor in history.

At 46, gold and silver medalist Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan is set to become the oldest woman to compete in Olympic gymnastics. The Tokyo Games will be Chusovitina’s eighth Olympic Games. Since the 1992 Games in Barcelona, ​​she has competed for the unified team of the Soviet Republic, Uzbekistan and Germany.

Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza, 12, is expected to be the youngest Olympian to compete in the Tokyo Games. Other younger athletes will include skateboarder Kokona Hiraki, who at 12 is Japan’s youngest summer Olympian, and skateboarder Sky Brown, 13, born in Japan but who will represent Britain at the Tokyo Games. .

Who are the oldest Olympians of all time?

The oldest Olympic medalist is somewhat controversial. English artist John Copley was 73 when he won the silver medal in 1948 in the painting and graphic arts competition. However, artistic competitions with a jury were phased out of the Olympics in the 1950s, and all medals awarded in the category have since been officially struck from records.

Technically, the oldest Olympic medalist is three-time Olympian Oscar Swahn, a Swedish sniper who was 72 in 1920 when he won the silver medal in the team event in the running double deer. Swahn also won gold in 1908 at the age of 60, making him the oldest Olympic athlete to ever win a gold medal.

The oldest Olympian of all time is Lorna Johnstone. The English equestrian turned 70 just days before the 1972 Olympics, her third Olympic Games, in which she competed in individual and team dressage competitions. Some of the other older Olympians were archers, including Eliza (aka Jessie) Pollock, who was almost 64 when she represented the United States at the 1904 Games, winning two bronze medals for the double rounds and one medal. gold per team.

Who is the oldest surviving Olympian?

The oldest living Olympian is Ágnes Keleti. The five-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics from Hungary turned 100 in January. She competed in 1952 and 1956. In addition to her gold medals, she won three silver and two bronze. Keleti had planned to make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games in 1940, but the outbreak of World War II resulted in the games being canceled. Keleti, a Jew, assumed a Christian identity to survive the Nazi occupation of her country, although many in her family, including her father who was sent to Auschwitz, were killed.

At 100 years old, Ágnes Keleti, a Holocaust survivor, is the oldest living Olympian. She won five Olympic gold medals in gymnastics and 10 medals in total. Laszlo Balogh / AP

Who are the youngest Olympians of all time?

The youngest male Olympic medalist was 10-year-old gymnast Dimitrios Loundras of Greece, who won bronze at the 1896 Games for parallel bars. One of the youngest Olympians in history was Italian gymnast Luigina Giavotti, who was 11 when she won silver in the team gymnastics event at the 1928 Games. English figure skater Cecilia Colledge had also 11 when she competed in 1932. Colledge was the first female skater to perform a double jump, according to the IOC. She was also among the first to perfect classic figure skating pirouettes like the camel pirouette and layback pirouette.

The youngest Olympian to ever win a gold medal, according to the IOC, was Marjorie Gestring, a Californian diver, who at age 13 won the springboard title for the US diving team in 1936 at the Berlin Games. However, another young Olympian – an unknown boy in Paris, possibly 8 years old, who competed at the last minute as a coxswain for Dutch rowers François Brandt and Roelof Klein in the rowing competition at the 1900 Games in Paris. – could in fact be the youngest athlete to win gold. Yet more than a century later, no one has been able to confirm the age or identity of this mysterious young Olympian.


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