The summer Olympics is one of the biggest global events unanimously flaunted
by the entire world. The Olympians train nonstop all year round in order to
compete fiercely against the world’s best of the best. This year’s quadrennial
celebration in Rio was no exception.
The top athletes from every part of the world have not only competed
passionately but also set new records in an unprecedented way, co-authoring the
remarkable stories of inspiration and motivation for all.
This year in Rio, however, what counted more than the number of medals won
is the spirit of true sportsmanship which seemed to have overpowered the old
standard, raising a new bar for the Olympic Games.
At the Olympics, age usually serves as a chief factor,
traditionally construed as a major barrier for many competing athletes in the past. However, there are several female athletes who completely defied this pre-notion
and even proved it wrong.
One notable Olympian is 41-year old Oksana Chusovitina
of Uzbekistan who has kept up with her training for four decades in order to
participate in her 7th consecutive competition in Rio this year.
Chusovitina is the oldest gymnast competing in the history of Olympic Games. Since
her first game in 1992, Chusovitina has not let her age preclude her from
competing in a sport of the shortest career spans overpopulated
by her teenage counterparts.
Kristin Armstrong is another one of these anomalies.
At age 43, Armstrong has won three consecutive summer Olympics as the oldest
female cyclist in the world. Counter to her anticipated retirement after the
2012 competition in London, Armstrong once again defeated the odds.
Additionally, Erika Olivera (40 year old
marathon runner) and Jo Pavey (42 year old long distance runner) of Chile added more to this wonder as they each competed for their 5th Olympics in Rio (Gabrielle, 2016).
women’s feat is a powerful affirmation of the Olympic spirit which is both
ageless and timeless.
the true championship of the Olympic Games is less about medal winning and more
about pursuing the intrinsic passion unbound by any external constraints.
spirit may also be reflective of the innate human resiliency which surpasses
the seemingly impossible.
Even though these female Olympians have marked the
distinguished accomplishments defying the norm, they must not be the only Olympic
heroes who challenged the odds.
Each and every Olympian who has ever partaken of the games has made history,
demonstrating this rare gift of human potential evidenced by their enduring
persistence and immutable willpower to fight and keep fighting.
And perhaps this spirit is the essence of human triumph and precisely what we are celebrating not only at this Olympic Games but all throughout
the history of humanity.
Gabrielle. August 2016. Her
Daily. Women In the Olympics: Age Is But A Number. Retrieved