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Youngest and oldest Olympic gold medalists

Modified 05 Aug 2016, 14:56 IST

How much time does an athlete dedicate to their sport? 10 years? 20?

As the infographic below illustrates, time might not necessarily be a deciding factor in the success of the athlete. Athletic Edge Sports Medicine created this interactive web page using data from the Olympic website as well as the individual athlete’s Wikipedia pages to showcase the oldest and youngest gold medal winners in the summer Olympic Games. Athletic Edge Physiotherapy Toronto allows athletes perform at their best with a tailored treatment program that helps maintain a youthful physique.

Gold medalists such as Marjorie Gestring, who competed in diving at age 13 in 1932, raise the question of what the proper training period should be for a professional athlete? Similarly, we might question how long George Seymour Lyon trained for to compete and win gold in golf in 1904. The more you interact with this web page, the more you learn that training time isn’t the only thing that makes an athlete.

Dedicating time and energy to the sport, as well as ensuring your body is in optimal health will mean you can perform at your best, just like Yasuji Miyazaki, the youngest male competitor in the chart, who won gold in swimming at age 15 for Japan.

Check out the interactive web page below to learn more about athletes from around the world who competed from as early as 1896 to as late as 2012 in a variety of sports – ultimately proving that age doesn’t determine ability.

Published 03 Aug 2016, 17:44 IST
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