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Older Olympians Still Got Game in London

These athletes 50 and older are after gold in the 2012 Summer Games

Andrew Hoy, 53, equestrian


The first Australian to compete in seven Olympiads, Hoy helped lead his country to gold medals in team eventing (combination of dressage, cross-country and jumping) in 1992, 1996 and 2000, when he also won a silver medal in individual eventing.

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Jos Lansink, 51, equestrian


Lansink led the Netherlands to a gold medal in the team jumping event in 1992, but he'll be competing for Belgium this time around. "This could be my last Olympic Games, and that is why I will go the extra mile," he promised in April.

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Anne van Olst, 50, equestrian


The two-time Danish national champion (right in photo) competed in her first Olympics in Seoul in 1988, and won a bronze medal in team dressage in Beijing in 2008. This will be her fifth Olympiad. When not competing, van Olst manages a Danish dressage stable, training horses and teaching young riders.

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Mary King, 51, equestrian

Great Britain

King spent years working as a gardener and cook to finance her riding career. She's been national champion four times and in her five previous Olympic appearances helped Great Britain to a team silver in 2004 and a team bronze in 2008. In 1995, she led helped country to a team gold in a European cross-country equestrian event while five months pregnant.

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Nick Skelton, 54, equestrian

Great Britain

The resilient jumper retired briefly from the sport in 2001, after suffering a severe neck injury, only to return to competition the following year. After hip replacement surgery in 2011, he made yet another comeback, winning a bronze at the European showjumping championships. He's been to six previous Olympics, but so far, a medal has eluded him.

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Hiroshi Hoketsu, 71, equestrian


The dressage rider, amazingly, isn't quite the oldest Olympian in the history of the Games. That distinction is still held by Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who competed in 1920 at age 72. But Hoketsu may have had the most extended comeback. He competed in the 1964 Games in his hometown of Tokyo, and didn't reappear until Beijing, 44 years later.

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Mark Todd, 56, equestrian

New Zealand

He won golds in individual eventing at the 1984 and 1988 Games, in addition to a team bronze in 1988, a team silver in 1992 and an individual bronze in 2000. He retired in 2000 to breed horses on his farm, and coached in the 2004 Games before returning as a competitor in 2008.

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Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, 50, equestrian


He goes to London as reigning individual jumping champion of the World Cup Western European League, and hopes to finally snare a gold after winning silvers at Beijing and Athens. Bengtsson, who took up jumping on his parents' farm at age 9, has a degree in mechanical engineering.

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Tina Konyot, 50, equestrian

United States

After two near misses, Konyot finally made the U.S. Olympic team in 2012 by coming in a close second to Steffan Peters at the trials in June. She teaches riding and trains horses at her farm in Connecticut and comes from five generations of riders, including a grandmother who was both a bareback equestrian and a ballerina, and incorporated both arts into her performances.

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Irada Ashumova, 54, shooting


This grandmother will compete in London in 25-meter pistol and 10-meter air-pistol shooting. She was a bronze medalist in the 25-meter pistol event in 2004. Ashumova coaches at her country's Institute of Physical Culture and has two children who are also competitive shooters. She herself is coached by her husband, Vladimir Lunyov.

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Ralf Schumann, 50, shooting


A pistol shooter, Schumann (left in photo) has been competing at the elite international level for more than three decades. He won a silver medal at Seoul in 1988 in the 25-meter rapid-fire pistol event as a member of East Germany's Olympic squad. Since then, he's competed in five Olympiads, winning gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2004, and taking a silver medal in 2008.

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In the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, 32 competitors are at least 50 years old. They're all competing in either equestrian or shooting events, a narrower performance than older Olympians in Peking in 2008, where they also appeared in archery and sailing. Here's the breakdown for London.



Mary Hanna, 57; individual dressage, team dressage; horse: Sancette

Andrew Hoy, 53; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Rutherglen


Carl Bouckaert, 58; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Mensa

Jos Lansink, 51; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Valentina van't Heike

Philippe Le Jeune, 52; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Vigo D'Arsouilles

Marc Rigouts, 53; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Dunkas


Peter Barry, 56; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Kilrodan Abbott

Ian Miller, 65; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Star Power


Anne Van Olst, 50; individual dressage, team dressage; horse: Taioken


Peter Thomsen, 51; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Barny

Great Britain

Peter Charles, 52; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Vindicat

Richard Davison, 56; individual dressage; horse: Artemis

Mary King, 51; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Imperial Cavalier

Nick Skelton, 54; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Big Star


Hiroshi Hoketsu, 71; individual dressage; horse: Whisper


Jaime Azcarraga, 52; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Gangster

New Zealand

Louisa Hill, 50; individual dressage; horse: Bates Antonello

Andrew Nicholson, 50; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Nereo

Mark Todd, 56; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Campino

Russian Federation

Vladimir Tuganov, 51; individual jumping; horse: Lancero


Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, 50; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Casall

United States of America

Jan Ebeling, 53; individual dressage, team dressage; horse: Rafalca

Richard Fellers, 52; individual jumping, team jumping; horse: Flexible

Tina Konyot, 50; individual dressage, team dressage; horse: Calecto V

Karen O'Connor, 54; individual eventing, team eventing; horse: Mr. Medicott




Joan Tomas Roca, 61; men's trap


Warrant Potent, 50; men's 50-meter rifle prone


Irada Ashumova, 54; women's 10-meter air pistol, women's 25-meter pistol


Andrei Kavalenka, 57; men's trap


Guillermo Alfredo Torres, 53; men's skeet


Ralf Schumann, 50; men's 25-meter rapid-fire pistol


Afanasijs Kuzmins, 65; men's 25-meter rapid-fire pistol