Introducing Team USA for Tokyo Olympics: From 15-Year-Old Swimmer Katie Grimes to 57-Year-Old Equestrian Phillip Dutton
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games set to commence in no time, the USA Olympic team has assembled its list of contenders, both new and experienced Olympians, who would be competing at the age-long event.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic event is set to begin in a little over a week, and Team USA has its list of competitors and representatives aligned for the games.
The range of sports stars to appear at the global sports event varies from regular Olympians to those who would be appearing at the games for the first time. Here's a list of team USA Olympians from the oldest to the youngest.
Phillip Dutton, 57, a seven-time Olympian, launched his Olympics career in 2008 as an equestrian. His total horsemanship jurisdiction included dressage, cross-country, and jumping.
In the 2016 Rio Olympic games, Dutton bagged the bronze medal in the individual eventing, and he became the USA's oldest Olympic medalist. The sports star who was born in Australia won gold for team Australia in 1996, before he began representing the US.
He has been named as part of the three-rider eventing team at Tokyo. Dutton would be riding a 13-year-old Zangersheide, and he would be joined by other Olympic champs, Body Martin and Liz Halliday-Sharp.
Abdi Abdirahman is the oldest US Olympic games runner at 44. He has competed four times in the Olympics. Abdirahman, who is nicknamed "The Black Cactus," was born in Somalia before he became a US citizen in 2000.
Against all odds concerning his age, Abdirahman has forged ahead, determined to compete at Tokyo. The track and field star was the subject of debate on retirement for a decade.
He has a clear understanding of the speculation on his age and career, but Abdirahman has decided to turn the lemons into lemonades by channeling the criticisms into more work.
Sue Bird is 40 years old, and she is the most senior US basketball player and the oldest woman to compete at the Olympics. Her appearance at the Tokyo Olympics event would be the fifth time she has been at the world-renowned game.
A young Sue Bird joined older stars in 2004 at the Olympics in Athens, and according to records, she and her teammates, including Dawn Staley and Sheryl Swoopes, had a lot of fun.
Now that she is older and has become a veteran star, Bird would be in Tokyo with fellow star Diana Taurasi with high hopes of becoming the first set of basketball players to win five gold medals. Staley would be going to the Olympics as the coach.
Carli Lloyd is a soccer star, and she is the oldest woman in the US national soccer team who has been to the Olympics. Lloyd is currently looking forward to winning her third gold medal. She would be appearing at the famous event the fourth time.
MyKayla Skinner has qualified for the Olympic Games, and she has also become the oldest woman to compete in the US gymnastics team. She is a few months older than Simone Biles.
Skinner, who has also been dubbed the first married member of the team since Annia Hatch in 2004, was at the Olympic games in 2016. She has won two NCAA titles and is among gymnastics' most recognized stars.
Skinner initially planned to be part of the Olympics when she was 22. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on her plans. However, she scaled through with her qualifying performance.
Katie Grimes has become the youngest Olympian and the youngest Olympic swimmer since Katie Ledecky. The 15-year-old beat Haley Anderson to second place in the qualifiers.
Grimes would be joining Ledecky at the Tokyo Games, and the news has since given her so much excitement. She shared that she was glad to be on the team with Ledecky, who has been dubbed one of the best swimmers of all time.
THE OLDEST LIVING OLYMPIAN
Agnes Keleti is the oldest living Olympic Champion, and this is only one of the feats she managed to ace in her 100 years of living. At a young age, Keleti survived the holocaust and escaped the Soviet Union embargo on Hungary.
"Happy 100th Birthday Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic Champion. Your Olympic story is inspirational; ten Olympic Medals, five of them gold. You showed courage and determination throughout your life – a true Olympic Champion. Enjoy your day." IOC President Thomas Bach pic.twitter.com/jIpJNjpi2d— Olympics (@Olympics) January 9, 2021
Keleti, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, has been dubbed the "Queen of Gymnastics." She is the recipient of 10 medals, five of which are gold. Keleti is also the oldest gymnastics gold medalist ever.
In her prime, Keleti missed three Olympic games. This was because of the movement against the Jews during the holocaust. However, after escaping under a false identity, she was able to compete in the Olympics at 31.