Some of the oldest U.S. Olympians:

Galen Carter Spencer

U.S. archer at 1904 Summer Olympics. Won gold in team competition. Born Sept. 19, 1840, and competed on Sept. 19, 1904, his 64th birthday.

Lida Peyton "Eliza" Pollock

U.S. archer at 1904 Summer Olympics. Won bronze in Women's Double Columbia and National Rounds and gold in women's Team Rounds. Was 63 years and 333 days old when she won the gold.

Dara Torres

Swimmer. Won three silver medals at age 41 in 2008 Olympics. She finished fourth (only two top advance to Olympics) at 2012 Olympic Trials in 50 free.

Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan

At age 56 competed in pistol shooting at the 2008 Games. Four-time Olympian. Placed 25th in 25-meter pistol at 2008 Games.

Karen Lende O'Connor

Five-time Olympian equestrian. Was 54 at 2012 Olympics. Won team silver in 1996 and team bronze in 2000.

Scott Baird

Baird was 54 at the 2006 Olympics on U.S. curling team. He was an alternate on Pete Fenson's U.S. team, so he never actually threw a stone but still shared in the bronze medal.

Anne Abernathy

Affectionately known as "Grandma Luge," the U.S. Virgin Islands native has competed in six Winter Olympics, the last one in 2006 at age 53. She was born April 12, 1953. She's currently training for the 2016 Summer Olympics as an archer.


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Joseph Savage

Savage was 52 years and 267 days old when he competed in figure skating at 1932 Olympics. He won his first medal at the U.S. nationals when he was 49 and qualified with Gertrude Meredith at age 50 for 1932 Olympics. He also won the first-ever ice dancing national title in 1936 with partner Marjorie Parker Smith. He continued competing -- and winning -- at the national level until age 63.

Anders Haugen

The oldest Nordic combined Olympian from any country, having competed at 39 years, 115 days in the 1928 Olympics. He also holds the distinction for being the oldest man to ever receive a Winter Olympics medal (for ski jumping). He was 86 when he got the bronze medal, but he was actually technically 35 when he won it at the 1924 Olympics. A scoring error discovered in 1974 handed him the medal. He also competed in the 1928 Games at the age of 39.

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