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is too late to be an Olympian

Im 18 if i start training for a sport do i have a chance to be an olympian

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Reply 1
That would depend on what type of sport you wish to be in.
The less physical and less popular sports such as shooting or archery would be your best bet.
Reply 3
Original post by liftorrot
That would depend on what type of sport you wish to be in.



Original post by CompactDestruction
The less physical and less popular sports such as shooting or archery would be your best bet.


badminton or cycling

all this olympic fever has got to me aswell :colondollar:
Reply 4
Original post by CompactDestruction
The less physical and less popular sports such as shooting or archery would be your best bet.


Not even, the people who compete in them train just as much.

It is most likely too late, but I'm sure you could probably find some stories of people who took up their sports late in their life and became olympians (however, these people probably adopted other sports before this so didnt start from scratch)
Reply 5
Original post by desijut
Not even, the people who compete in them train just as much.

It is most likely too late, but I'm sure you could probably find some stories of people who took up their sports late in their life and became olympians (however, these people probably adopted other sports before this so didnt start from scratch)

i play football and im fit
Original post by desijut
Not even, the people who compete in them train just as much.

It is most likely too late, but I'm sure you could probably find some stories of people who took up their sports late in their life and became olympians (however, these people probably adopted other sports before this so didnt start from scratch)


Nobody is arguing about how much they train. Those sports, however, are less about raw talent and more about training.
A woman in one of the women's swimming events today yesterday (I'm up too late...) was mid-20s and only took up swimming (competitively) in the past couple of years. She excelled at many sports and happened to have a knack for swimming.

It's possible, but incredibly unlikely!
There are some sports where people tend to peak later in life. For instance, the GB men's 8 (rowing) includes a 40 year old man called Greg Searle, and it is a very realistic gold medal hope. There is one 20 year old in the same boat, and he is remarkably young to be rowing at the Olympics. If you're under 55kg, then coxing is an option. Or you could make like Niger's single sculler today - he only started sculling three months ago, and rowed in the Olympics today (not very fast, mind...) http://sports.terra.com/novice-rower-wins-hearts-of-eton-crowd,519a1c2f044d8310VgnVCM4000009bcceb0aRCRD.html

There are other sports where athleticism isn't really required, such as shooting. However, people's hands can tend to get less steady with age, hence why you don't see 70 year old shooting competitors.

I'm afraid that it's likely that your chances of being an Olympic gymnast are probably well and truly over though!
Reply 9
What? 20 is too old!? I been cycling since I was 16 (not professionally though) I'm 20 now and I would like to go pro. Surely it's not too late? it's not like i'm starting from scratch. I've been bombing around on my racing bike for at least 2 years now.
Reply 10
i hope the university i am going to has diverse sporting societies
Reply 11
Original post by Podcaster
What? 20 is too old!? I been cycling since I was 16 (not professionally though) I'm 20 now and I would like to go pro. Surely it's not too late? it's not like i'm starting from scratch. I've been bombing around on my racing bike for at least 2 years now.


It wouldn't be too late for you as you already have experience in the sport.

As for OP, it depends on your natural physical ability and how much time and effort you are able to put into training. Your chances would be slim and it's highly unlikely but it wouldn't be impossible. And if not an Olympian you could find yourself in other sporting events if you excelled enough.
Original post by Podcaster
What? 20 is too old!? I been cycling since I was 16 (not professionally though) I'm 20 now and I would like to go pro. Surely it's not too late? it's not like i'm starting from scratch. I've been bombing around on my racing bike for at least 2 years now.


20 is certainly not too old, but your professional lifespan will depend on which type of cycling you do. If you want to be an endurance road cyclist you'll have a much longer career than that of a track sprint cyclist.
Original post by Podcaster
What? 20 is too old!? I been cycling since I was 16 (not professionally though) I'm 20 now and I would like to go pro. Surely it's not too late? it's not like i'm starting from scratch. I've been bombing around on my racing bike for at least 2 years now.


I'm sure you have an idea of your times versus the times that the GB team are getting. Are you a member of a bike club, and do you participate in formal races?

I doubt that you are too old to go pro - Chris Hoy is fully 16 years older than you.

Anyway, the opinions of TSR mean sod all when it comes to things like this. At your age, if the GB team won't take you then it's likely that you just aren't good enough, rather than being rejected purely for being too old.
Reply 14
Original post by Origami Bullets
I'm sure you have an idea of your times versus the times that the GB team are getting. Are you a member of a bike club, and do you participate in formal races?

I doubt that you are too old to go pro - Chris Hoy is fully 16 years older than you.

Anyway, the opinions of TSR mean sod all when it comes to things like this. At your age, if the GB team won't take you then it's likely that you just aren't good enough, rather than being rejected purely for being too old.

I used to be in Haringey Cycle Club. I will rejoin.
Reply 15
Lochte is the same age as Phelps and only just got a name for himself so probably started alot later...
Original post by desijut
It is most likely too late, but I'm sure you could probably find some stories of people who took up their sports late in their life and became olympians (however, these people probably adopted other sports before this so didnt start from scratch)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18811337
Reply 17
Well Joshua Thompson (Super heavyweight boxer on Team GB this year) only had his first boxing lesson when he was 18, and he's only 23 now.

*When he was 20 he was offered 50 grand to turn pro but he turned it down because it was his dream to be an olympian
Reply 18
Yes. The games started a few days ago.
Reply 19
Original post by Marshyy
Yes. The games started a few days ago.


upcoming olympics

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