The Thames, August 5th 2012. (Photo: Inigo Mujika)

The Thames, August 5th 2012. (Photo: Inigo Mujika)

Fourteen months ago I posted an entry entitled From superfit to superfat, based on my September 2011 editorial for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. I have now written the editorial for the upcoming December 2012 issue of the Int. J. Sports Physiol. Perform., in which I deal with the issue of the age of Olympic athletes.

Here are the first few lines of my editorial:

“It has been a few months now since the curtain dropped on the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the performances of the more than 10,000 athletes who chased their athletic dreams during those summer days have already become a part of Olympic history. A general perception among the spectators and viewers of the Olympic events is that one has to be a young adult and fittest among the fit to compete at the Olympics. Whereas the idea of being extremely fit and skillful may of course be correct, the perception about athletes’ age lends itself to discussion. It seems there is a wide range of ages for athletes qualifying and competing at the Olympic Games. As a matter of fact, whereas the mean age of the London 2012 participating athletes was 26 years, there were nearly 200 athletes competing in their 40s, several athletes competing in their 50s, a couple of athletes who were 65 years old, and even one athlete, the oldest of the Games, who took part at the age of 71.”

You can read the full editorial here.


Mujika, I. Too young to vote, old enough to be an Olympic Champion. Int. J. Sports Physiol. Perform. 7 (4): 307, 2012.

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