The youngest and oldest Olympians in PyeongChang

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The youngest athlete registered for the PyeongChang Olympics is 15-year-old Chinese halfpipe skier Wu Meng.

The oldest is 51-year-old Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard, who gained plenty of attention at the 2010 Vancouver Games. However, Bernard is an alternate for the Canadian women’s team, which means she might not compete.

If she doesn’t compete, then Finnish curler Tomi Rantamaeki, 49, would be the oldest competitor.

Bernard, who skipped Canada to silver in Vancouver, is likely to become the oldest female Winter Olympic medalist ever (surpassing one of her 2010 Olympic teammates) and the oldest of either gender since the first Winter Games in 1924.

Curling alternates are eligible for medals if they don’t see game action.

Mexican Alpine skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, the oldest Olympian in 2010 and 2014, was aiming to become the oldest Winter Olympian of all time, but he did not make it at age 58.

The 10 youngest and 10 oldest athletes registered for PyeongChang, via the OlyMADMen.

Youngest
Wu Meng (15) — Ski Halfpipe (China)
Jennie-Lee Burmansson (15) — Ski Slopestyle (Sweden)
Zhang Kexin (15) — Ski Halfpipe (China)
Alina Zagitova (15) — Figure Skating (Russia)
Kim Ha-Nul (15) — Figure Skating (South Korea)
Hiroaki Kunitake (15) — Snowboard Big Air/Slopestyle (Japan)
Reira Iwabuchi (16) — Snowboard Big Air/Slopestyle (Japan)
Alice Robinson (16) — Alpine Skiing (New Zealand)
Ayaulum Amrenova (16) — Moguls (Kazakhstan)
Nico Porteous (16) — Ski Halfpipe (New Zealand)

Oldest
Cheryl Bernard (51) — Curling (Canada)
Tomi Rantamaeki (49) — Curling (Finland)
Thomas Ulsrud (46) — Curling (Norway)
Claudia Pechstein (45) — Speed Skating (Germany)*
Noriaki Kasai (45) — Ski Jumping (Japan)**
Sergei Dolidovich (44) — Cross-Country Skiing (Belarus)
Hanna-Riikka Valila (44) — Hockey (Finland)
Claudia Riegler (44) — Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom (Austria)
German Madrazo (43) — Cross-Country Skiing (Mexico)
Lascelles Brown (43) — Bobsled (Canada)
*Will compete in a female record seventh Winter Olympics
**Will compete in a record eighth Winter Olympics

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Correction: An earlier version of this post listed Finnish hockey player Hanna-Riikka Valila twice and German Madrazo as an Alpine skier.

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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