15 Older Athletes Who Are Still Dominating Today

Sports are often considered a young person’s game. The best MLB player is a tight race between 24-year-old Mike Trout and 23-year-old Bryce Harper. Lebron James is already considered old and he’s only 31. Don’t get us started on the 3 year “life span” of an NFL player. These men and women have a finite amount of time that they can really accomplish anything in their game before they are way too old to compete.

Being a professional athlete takes a serious toll on the human body. That’s why someone who is considered young in every other professional field often is an aging veteran on a field or a court. A 30-year-old lawyer is a young hot-shot, a 30 year-old-shortstop is ancient, and a 30-year-old track star is mind blowing.

This is why we are so impressed with athletes who are able to compete into their “twilight years.” And those athletes who do more than just ride the bench are even more impressive. Here 15 athletes who prove that when it comes to age, it’s really just a number.

15 Pau Gasol 

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14 R. A. Dickey 

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13 David Villa 

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12 Bartolo Colon 

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11 Zach Randolph 

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10 David Ortiz 

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9 Dirk Nowitzki 

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8 Michael Phelps 

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7 Adam Vinatieri 

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6 Tim Duncan 

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5 Gary Player

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4 Jaromir Jagr 

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3 Tom Brady 

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2 Stanisław Kowalski 


1 Hiroshi Hoketsu 


You may not know who Hiroshi Hoketsu is, seeing that he is less decorated than pretty much everyone else on this list. He’s an Olympic athlete who competed in the 2012 games and is hopeful to go to Rio this summer with the Japanese Equestrian team. He didn’t win in London, or in Beijing before that. In fact, he hasn’t won a medal since taking home silver in Seoul. Don’t remember that? Well, it might be because that took place in 1986. Many of the biggest names in sports hadn’t even been born when this man was just entering his prime. If he qualifies, Hoketsu will be the oldest person to ever compete in the Olympics at 75. He is easily the oldest Olympian to compete in the modern era of the games and a man who truly proves age is meaningless when it comes to sports.

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15 Older Athletes Who Are Still Dominating Today