The oldest and youngest athletes of the 2022 Winter Olympics – NBC Chicago

Claudia Pechstein makes history

German speed skater Claudia Pechstein made Olympic history twice when she competed in the women’s 3,000m, but the New World’s oldest winter Olympian has also slipped back into another part of the record books.

Pechstein, who will celebrate her 50th birthday on February 22, is now the second athlete and the only woman to have competed in eight Winter Games.

But she also saw her 20-year-old Olympic record broken by a Dutch skater.

Irene Schouten of the Netherlands won the first gold medal in speed skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics with a time of 3:56.93 in the women’s 3000m, an Olympic record.

The previous women’s Winter Olympic age record was held by US Virgin Islands luge athlete Anne Abernathy, who was 48 at her fifth Olympics in 2002.

Who else avoids traditional time considerations in Beijing? And who begins his journey at a very young age? Continue reading…

The oldest athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Beyond Pechstein and Nergaard, there’s plenty to enjoy for older viewers hoping to feel like someone competing was alive when Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” made waves for the premiere. time.

Japan’s Hanae Kubo is Beijing’s oldest female hockey player at 39. The Seibu Princess Rabbits veteran is a four-time Asian Winter Games medalist. On the men’s side, Andreas Ambuhl of Switzerland is the oldest competitor. The 38-year-old has 132 senior national team appearances to his name and recently played pro for HC Davos.

The oldest athletes on Team USA are 40-year-old snowboarder Nick Baumgartner and skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender.

Claudia and Torger have a lot of work to do if they plan to become the oldest Olympian ever, as Norwegian curler Carl August Ringvold was 58 when he competed in his second straight Olympics.

The youngest athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics

These athletes are young, but still nothing compared to the unimaginable age of the youngest competitor in history.

Cecilia Colledge was 11 when she competed for Great Britain in figure skating at the 1932 Olympics. Incredibly, she won her first senior title – a humorous choice of words – a few years later in 1935.

Kamila Valieva is a very household name despite her very young age. The 15-year-old Russian figure skater is a real threat to dominate the headlines, but isn’t much younger than the youngest athlete on Team USA: 16-year-old figure skater Alysa Liu. The youngest man on the American team? Jordan Stolz, 17-year-old speed skater.

And 18-year-old skier Eileen Gu is a fascinating story for a number of reasons, not the least of which is her status as a Chinese athlete from the United States. Alpine skier Matej Svancer is only 17 years old.

Sanni Vanhanen Finnish women’s hockey team won’t turn 17 until July 1. The Tappara U-16 have been playing men’s hockey as recently as the 2017-18 season and are around a year and a half older than the youngest male competitors: Simon Nemec of Slovakia.

Naomi C. Amerson