PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Feb 14, 2018, 7:37 AM ET

Wisdom and drive: Older Olympians becoming the norm

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The oldest athlete at the Pyeongchang Games is 51-year-old Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard.

She and a slew of other middle-aged Olympians credit consistency, better knowledge of nutrition and age-won wisdom for the longevity of their careers.

And longer careers may soon become the norm for elite athletes, with huge advances in sports medicine helping Olympians stay competitive into middle age. It's defying the idea that the Games are reserved for the young.

Huge advances in sports science in the past 10 to 15 years have produced better understanding of what causes the breakdown of an athlete's body, and how to delay it.

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  • Blaize Rage

    Good for them.

  • JP

    It is due to introduction of "sports" appropriate for middle aged people.

  • Brian 9876

    I don't think curling is the best example to use when stating that athletes can compete in their later years.

    Shani Davis had a rough time in 2014 and his having difficulty this year.

    Shawn White is still competing and winning because he has the money to build is own facilities and train year round. That is not to say that he isn't great, but few others have that advantage. Michael Phelps has his own pool too. Even with their financial advantage, they are rare.

  • Prophet With Honor

    I was in better physical shape at 60 than at 20.

  • Jonny

    Yay old people!