Here’s the evidence:
Andre Agassi - Cincy '04 champ at 34
Michael Schumacher - Formula One champ (for 7th time - almost) at 36
Ronnie (something or other) - World Bodybuilding Champ 2002 at 32 (my facts may not be perfect on this one but a guy called Ronnie (something or other) was world bodybuilding champ at the age of 32.
Seems to be the way these days, champions in sports are getting older and older.
And I mean, I don’t see why not. I mean surely if you can stay as fit as you were in your mid-20’s, you’ve got a hell of a lot more experience ten years on.
But can you retain the physical skill that you had in your younger age? Or even (shock, horror, fantasy?) get better?
Does physical skill necessarily diminish with age? With all these sports stars staying fitter and healthier in thier “twilight” years do you reckon we’ll ever get super-athletes who are over 50?
I mean, what about Carl Lewis (no really, what about Carl Lewis? I don’t remember the last title he won or how old he was)?