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.
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:
- Simone Schaller, an American athlete who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games, who was born August 22, 1912. She finished 4th in the 80m hurdles event in 1932, and was eliminated in the semi-finals in the same event in 1936. She died just after the Rio Olympics on October 20, 2016, aged 104.
- Ingeborg Ingers (née Sjöqvist) a Swedish diver born April 19, 1912. She competed in the platform at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics and finished in fourth and ninth place, respectively. She died 22 November 2015 aged 103 years.
- Guo Jie a Chinese Olympic athlete who competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. He was born January 16, 1912, and died on November 15, 2015 at age 103.
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 American Adolph Kiefer.
Previous Oldest surviving gold medalists were:
- Sándor Tarics, a Hungarian water polo player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. He was born September 23, 1913, so he turned 102 years old in 2015. He died 21 May 2016 aged 102.
- Attilio Pavesi (born 1 October 1910), an Italian cyclist who won gold at the 1932 LA Games in the Individual Road Race. He died aged 100 on 2 August 2011.
Source: the information on this page was originally sourced from data collected by a Wikipedia user Canadian Paul.