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Sorry, my sarcasm font was on the fritz. Must've broken after i yelled at the TV last night, "WE GET IT. SHE'S OLD. MOVE ON ALREADY."


She gave birth to her first child about 15 months ago and was still able to qualify as one of the world's best swimmers! I sometimes have the feeling the reporters aren't getting it. Sure, there are are lot of athletes that are quite young but the average age of the Olympic participants has been steadily rising! One of the reason for higher ages is that the International Olypmic Committee changed the regulations. For example: about eight years ago they started to pay athletes living and training expenses directly. According to one of the articles, older Olympians tend to train smarter instead harder.

Link: History Average Age of Olympians

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pl2DSNeJDCL9siM13Uk92...

http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/1574.html

Stager, an exercise physiologist who has studied elite swimmers for more than 20 years, is doing research at the trials. The associate professor of kinesiology directed a 1998 research project that showed the average age of elite women swimmers increased 3.5 years from 1973 to 1992.

"It's simply not true that women swimmers peak in their teenage years," he said. His physiological testing shows that women peak in strength far after puberty.


Here an article on: Today's Olympians aim to prove that age ist just a number:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/beijing/2008-07-24-o...

America's Olympians are significantly older than they were a generation ago, thanks to changes in the Games' rules that allow athletes to be paid for their successes plus advances in training and recovery programs.

http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-02/2006-02-15-vo...

Yeah, and I guess this article would run for too much, too early.

http://www.speakout.com/activism/issue_briefs/1387b-1.html

But these tiny, prepubescent girls were paying a price for this chance of a lifetime. Kerri Strug's career came to a halt after a long struggle with anorexia. In 1991 15-year-old Olympic hopeful Julissa Gomez died after breaking her neck after a misstep on her vault. A fellow gymnast, 15-year-old Christy Henrich, developed anorexia as she struggled to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. She retired at 18, without a medal, and died last year at 22 weighing less than 50 pounds. In a sport where the careers are painfully short, many of these young gymnasts are subjected to the combined pressures of ambitious coaches and parents, and the ideal of the tiny wonder that was Nadia Comaneci. Unlike their male counterparts, who have to grow into their roles; "women" gymnasts are encouraged to stop growing.

Rowan
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