Age 71 and competing in Olympics

5 years ago

You`d think at age 71 you`d be retired and just sitting back and enjoying your life and not thinking about competitions still, but Hiroshi Hoketsu, a Japanese dressage rider will be competing in the London Olympic games. He first competed when he was 23 in the 1964 games in his home country. He would have to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games at age 75 to be the oldest Olympian to ever compete, as the oldest person to compete has been Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who won a silver medal at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, at 72. He`s been riding since the age of 12 and still at it. I don`t know if I`d be wanting to get up on a horse at age 72 knowing if there`s the possibility of me being bucked off I could break a bone and it`d never heal yikes.

Would you compete in the Olympics still if you were 71?
Have you ever been on a horse before?

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