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Anonymous asked in SportsWinter SportsIce Skating · 9 years ago

Maximum age limit for female's competing in the olympic figure skating?

Can you be 21?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    In skating history, Maria Butyrskaya won her last European title at the age of 29. That was, I believe, an incredible achievement for a woman. Shen Xue, 2010 Olympic Gold medalist with husband Shao Hongbo, is another incredible female skater, winning the Olympics at 32 years of age. Lyudmila Belousova, born 1935, 2-time Olympic champion 1964&68 with husband Oleg Protopopov, still skates on occasion. And is the same weight as when she competed.She was 33 when they won the Innsbruck '68 Olympics. These women are the exceptions, but as the French would say -- that proves the rule -- as a rule female skaters do not last that long, for many reasons, not the least of them to have babies, which Lyudmila did not do, as she and her husband dedicated their lives to their figure skating.

  • Like the other answers, there's a minimum but no maximum age. Most senior level skaters are in their teens and early twenties, so 21 isn't old yet. It usually depends on when their bodies can't handle the stress of training anymore. Some skaters' careers are ended by puberty or injuries. About 24-25 is getting over the hill for competitive women's figure skating. Of course there are always exceptions. Alissa Czisny is 24 and skating better than ever. Skizuka Arakawa won the 2006 Olympics at age 24 and is the oldest women's Olympic skating champion since 1908. Florence "Madge" Cave Syers is the oldest Olympic women's champion, winning at age 27 at the 1908 Olympics, which featured the first Olympic figure skating events. Tara Lipinski is the youngest Olympic champion winning at age 15 before they had the minimum age rule.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Johnny Weir wasn't saying any age rules would keep him out of future Olympics. He was apparently indicating that he didn't want to devote another four years of training to the amateur side of the sport. Also, he may have been referring to the points system and that he might not be able to physically put together a competitive program due to the sport's continuing evolution. When other athletes push the proverbial bar higher, it might end up being too high for some to reach it.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes. Michelle Kwan was entered to compete in the 2006 Olympics when she was 26 years old. (She had to withdraw due to injury though.) There is no maximum age limit, you'll see 24 and 25 year olds at the Olympics sometimes. Usually the skaters are between 16 and 25 though because those are their peak athletic years and they're still young.

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  • 9 years ago

    The minimum age is 16 but the Olympic committee doesn't restrict any maximum age. Yes, you can be 21 or older; in fact most Olympic skaters are in their 20's because of the time it takes to train for competition at that level.

  • 9 years ago

    There is no maximum age. Ages in Senior Competition usually range from 16 to 25 (Because that's when their bodies can still take the rigorous training), but the maximum isn't a rule. It's just a general. However, you MUST be in your 16th year (as in, you must turn 16 within the year. Ex. I'm eligible for senior level competition this year, and I didn't turn 16 until June) to be eligible for Int. Comp. Off the top of my head, I can think of Joannie Rochette, who won bronze in the olympics at age 24.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes, you can be 21. There is no maximum - if you were 30 years old and your body could take the pummelling you could do it. There is a MINUMUM - you must be 16 years old at least.

    Women tend to reach their athletic peak around 16-22, which means anything older than that and physically it gets a lot harder. However there are plenty of female skaters at Olympic level who skate to 25 or 26. Injury usually cuts you short though.

    If you are asking if you can START training for the Olympics at 21 - then no. Never going to happen.

    EDIT: Huh? 5 thumbs down...?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You must be in your 16th year of ice skating to enter it. You need to have experience. Although, there isn't a maximum age. :)

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    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    heck yes!!!! 21 is really young

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