Oldest Surviving Olympians (Summer Games)

Here is a list of who are believed to be the oldest surviving Olympians from all competitors at the Summer Olympic Games. The information may not always be up to date, as these people may have died (as old people tend to do). See also our list of the oldest and youngest Olympic competitors, and more Olympic Trivia.

Oldest Olympian

The oldest surviving Olympian is believed to be John Lysak, an American canoer who competed in the Olympic Games in 1936 in Berlin, who was born August 16, 1914. He competed in the Men's 10km Folding Kayak Doubles with Jimmy O'Rourke, placing 7th.

Previous Oldest Olympians were:

Oldest Surviving Gold Medalist

The oldest surviving Olympic Champion is Sir Durward Knowles, a sailor from the Bahamas. He was born 2 November 1917. He won gold in 1964, and took part in eight Olympics. At the time of the Rio Olympics he turned 98 years old. Next in age is Finnish skiier Lydia Wideman who competed in 1952.

Previous Oldest surviving gold medalists were:


Source: the information on this page was originally sourced from data collected by a Wikipedia user Canadian Paul.

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