THE GOLDEN GRANDFATHER OF THE J.J.O.O.​

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THE GOLDEN GRANDFATHER OF THE J.J.O.O.​

        All of us who have been athletes, we are inevitably realizing that the course of the years passes for any human being, without respecting anyone, whatever the sport.

        Some modalities, such as rhythmic gymnastics, sports gymnastics, swimming … stand out for their precociousness, children and adolescents take the best records within these sports and when they pass the twenty years, they begin to be considered “veterans”.

        The Olympics have always been a world reference for almost all sports. In 1932, at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid (USA), Cecilia Colledge, English, participated with only 11 years and 73 days in figure skating, although there is a precedent of a Greek gymnast, Dimitrios Loundras, who with just 10 years old, she helped her team win a bronze medal at the Athens Games in 1896. In the recent Tokyo Games, the table tennis player Hend Zaza, a Syrian national, has competed with just 12 years of age. .

        In contrast, to all this, we have Oscar Swahn, Swedish sports shooter, who competed in three Olympic Games, the 1908 London Games was his first participation, we could say that he thought about it a bit, since, at that time, he had At just 60 years of age, he won two gold medals in “movable single-shot stag” and a bronze in “movable stag-double shot”. In 1912, he had to compete at home, since the Games were in Stockholm and there he achieved a gold medal and a bronze medal, this gold medal, exalts him as the oldest person to achieve it … 64 years old.

        The 1926 Games that were to be held in Berlin, were not held because of the First World War, would it be the end of this athlete? Well no, Oscar Swahn, he participated again in 1920 in the Antwerp Games at the age of 72, yes, at the age of 72, winning a team silver medal. With this he became the oldest medalist in Olympic history. He no longer competed in the 1924 Paris Games, due to being ill, despite having qualified to attend them.

        GO PHENOMENON! TO OLD AGE, SMALLPOX …

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