It is hard to tell who is actually old in the world of sports. Some people are winning their biggest titles in their late thirties. Players are able to play longer and longer across many different sports. Hockey, for example, has a player named Jaramir Jagr who has been around since the 90’s. He is still playing great.
- On Super Bowl Sunday, former Olympic swimmer Dara Torres found herself arguing with a 9-year-old boy who predicted Brady’s impending retirement. Brady, the boy said, is too old to continue playing.
- “He had no idea who I was,” said Torres, who last competed in the 2008 Games at age 41. That summer, she won three silver medals and set an American record.
- For sprint-like events that demand bursts of power, the longer the event, the younger the age at which athletes peak. For endurance events, athletes peaked later for longer events.
Arent said advances in the science and technology of exercise are changing not only who excels in professional sports but how star athletes are training for the big game.