From 41 to 61, meet the elder Olympians who will contend in Rio

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Earlier this week, we introduced you to the youngest athlete at the Olympic games, Gaurika Singh.

But what about the elders of the 2016 Games in Rio?

Records are going to tumble in Brazil this month, at least in terms of the age of the participants. Consider:

— Uzbekistan gymnast Oksana Chusovitina is set to become the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. The 41-year-old is actually considered a medal contender, too, when she’ll attempt to add to the vault silver she won in 2008. Singh was five at the time.

— Canadian coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie will be going for her sixth Olympic medal, one that will make the most accomplished Olympian in national history. The 56-year-old is in her 8th Olympics, and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame before some of her current teammates were born.

–Both of those pale in comparison to John Whitaker, the oldest male equestrian rider in Rio. He won a silver medal more than 30 years ago at the 1984 Games. Friday is his 61st birthday, and he has company in the family when it comes to longevity. His brother and teammate Michael is 56.

“I get up at 6:30am every day and school horses, trying to improve all the time. You have to keep upping your game, even at my age.”