What sports can someone start doing at 30 and become world class at
My mother actually qualified for the 96 Olympics in Atlanta in archery. She hadn’t even touched a bow until her mid 40’s when she dated a deer hunter. After a few years she won her local competitions, and then state ones, beating all women and all men with a cheap little $200 hunting bow.
She showed up for Olympic qualifying with that same little $200 bow and qualified for the last spot on the team against all others using multi thousand dollar specialty bows. She never made it to Atlanta due to health problems, but I still get a smile thinking of my Mom up there, with her cheap little hunting bow beating out all these "experts" with their precision equipment.
According to Wikipedia, Geena Davis picked up archery around age 41. Two years later, she almost qualified for the US Olympic Team for the Sydney games.
posted by akk2014 at 6:17 AM on July 28, 2014 [10 favorites]posted by fearnothing at 6:18 AM on July 28, 2014 [1 favorite]
Very recently in the news: Marathon running.
posted by gnimmel at 6:20 AM on July 28, 2014 [6 favorites]
Golf actually. My grandfather took it up in his forties, and he became so good he was invited to go on the senior tour. He declined in favor of running numbers, and later owning a pot farm.
If you like it and have a talent for it, golf is a completely pleasant diversion.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:20 AM on July 28, 2014 [9 favorites]
Curling does sound like a good candidate. The physical requirements aren’t overly high, as long as you have a decent sense of balance and enough stamina to sweep the lanes. The biggest component is mental it’s a lot like billiards in that a good innate sense of geometry and tactical positioning is helpful. Actually, if you consider billiards a "sport" that would be a candidate too.
There absolutely is a physical component to auto racing, in spite of the popular belief. Formula 1 drivers, probably the pinnacle of the sport, have to exert both large amounts of physical strength and lightning reflexes whilst under incredibly hostile conditions massive lateral and longitudinal g forces and scorchingly hot temperatures, while wrapped up in layers of fire resistant clothing. The best drivers in the world almost universally get their starts in karts while of single digit age. You can get pretty good at a club level as an adult, but that’s probably about it.
Shooting, as mentioned above, either bow or firearm, is another possible candidate. Perhaps something equestrian?
posted by jammer at 6:30 AM on July 28, 2014
Came in to say running, if you are extraordinarily talented.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:31 AM on July 28, 2014
Yes, equestrian riders skew older.
posted by jaguar at 6:32 AM on July 28, 2014 [2 favorites]posted by getawaysticks at 6:44 AM on July 28, 2014
John Dane III sailed in the 2008 Olympics when he was 58. Translation: There’s still hope!
posted by bassomatic at 6:49 AM on July 28, 2014
I vaguely remember an article about an older guy (35+) who decided he wanted to compete in the olympics and started shopping around through different events to see what he might be competitive in. I think he settled on skeleton (or bobsled?) because the ability to access training facilities creates a very high bar to entry. I think he made it to one of the games (otherwise it would be a boring story) but I can’t seem to find the story anywhere.
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