Can I start and learn gymnastics at 23 to become an Olympic Gymast or is too old?
- call me AlLv 73 months ago
At the Olympics and World Championships, the competing gymnasts are overwhelmingly---if not all---under the age of 25. Every single one of them has been training since kindergarten. They've been training most of their lives, perfecting their craft. Few can remember not training.
It is not possible for a novice to beat them.
- THBBFT!Lv 74 months ago
I say it's way too old. Those athletes start learning that sport as early as age 5.
- 5 months ago
Gymnastics is such a particularly difficult athletic endeavor that most gymnasts are trained as toddlers or sometimes even younger. Of course in countries as China children are selected practically as soon as they can walk and the ones that are believed to be gymnast material are given very tough brutal and oppressive training so that by the time they are 14 perhaps younger they are able to compete in the Olympics.
This branches off into other things. I have observed that male gymnasts can be as old as their early to mid 20s which is old for a gymnast. Female gymnasts tend to "age out" before they are 20. The female body typically is not as capable of tolerating constant top-level training and competition for as long a time as the male body.
I once heard about a Russian or Romanian female gymnast who was in her mid 30s and qualified to compete among the teenagers. Of course she probably was particularly talented and maybe started practicing in her teens which is not early enough to start such training but on occasion you might hear about a gymnast who is much older than most other gymnasts.
I once heard about a 40 year old male gymnast who competed against the teen and twenty-something male gymnasts.
Of course gymnasts who are past the age of 19 are not in their prime to win.
The general answer is that age 23 is "too old" to begin training to become a gymnast as far as competing in the Olympic or any serious championships or other such competitions.
If there are any low-level competitions such as competing for your college or just for fun that is another matter and I have heard of gymnastic classes for middle aged persons or seniors but it is for fun and fitness .
Of course too, there is such a thing as the senior Olympics for people who are past the age of 60. Perhaps if you begin training at age 23 you might be the best senior gymnast some 40 years from now.
But also if you are very very determined and train properly to avoid injuries but still develop utmost strength and agility , there is a possibility you could become an Olympic level gymnast four or eight years from now.
I don't know if there are coaches that would seriously consider training a 23 year old to compete in the Olympics.
- 5 months ago
Yes,You Can Start At Any Age.
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- jobeesLv 66 months ago
More then likely too old. Slim chance.
- 7 months ago
Yes you can do it there is people over 40+ wrecking the younger .
Hard work and strong will power will get you long aim big!
- BobLv 77 months ago
It's possible-much like it's possible to go from having under $10 to being a billionaire in one year-if you live in the US, but very unlikely
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- StarShineLv 77 months ago
Too old for Olympics
- As Mad As BirdsLv 77 months ago
You're only as old as you feel, plus age is just a number. I started training at age 75, and teams all over the world have been competing for my interest and consent to join.