Olympic athletes are typically thought of as young – often in their teens and 20s. Here we celebrate female athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics for whom age is merely a state of mind.
There's no maximum age limit for to compete in the Olympic Games; each International Sports Federation sets its own rules. Here are five women over 30 who are competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Canadian reserve curler Cheryl Bernard, 51
Germany speed skater Claudia Pechstein, 45
Finland hockey player Hanna-Riikka Valila, 44
Austrian snowboarder Claudia Riegler, 44
US skier Lindsey Vonn, 33
Cheryl Noble of Canada won a bronze medal in curling in 2002, aged 49 years 147 days. Hilde Pedersen of Norway won a bronze medal in the 10 km cross-country skiing at the 2006 Games, aged 41 years 189 days.
Steffi Walter won gold in the luge in 1988 competing for East Germany aged 36, while in 2006 German Sylke Otto who won gold in the same event in 2006, aged 36 years and 222 days. In a team event, Russian Raisa Smetanina won gold in the 4 x 5km cross-country relay at the 1992 Games, just 11 days before her 40th birthday.
(Photos sourced from CBC, Wikipedia Commons and CNN)
Catherine Russell is Būband's Content Manager