Some of the U.S. Olympic Team will be competing at their first Games, and others at their fifth. Age, however, doesn’t necessarily equal experience.
Check out the chart below with the birthdays of all of the Olympic Team swimmers, and then read up on some birthday stats under the chart:
|Swimmer||Birthday||Age as of 8/5 (Opening Ceremonies)|
Now, let’s get into some birthday stats. Who doesn’t love birthday stats?
- … to Simone Manuel! Today, August 2, is Manuel’s 20th birthday. If she can swim exactly one second per year she’s been alive in the 50 free final, she will win gold and break the world record by well over three seconds. That’s impressive!
- … to Ryan Lochte! Tomorrow, August 3, is Lochte’s 32nd birthday. He should be going gray soon– oh wait, he already did.
- … to Kevin Cordes, Sean Ryan, Caeleb Dressel, and Elizabeth Beisel! They will all celebrate birthdays during the Olympics– Cordes and Ryan share an August 13th birthday, while Dressel’s is the 16th and Beisel’s the 18th. Cordes could be swimming in the 400 medley relay final on his birthday, and a gold medal would be a pretty sweet gift. Ryan, meanwhile, gets to swim an open water 10K to celebrate his 23rd. Fun!
OLDEST & YOUNGEST
- On the men’s side, it’s Anthony Ervin who’s the oldest at the age of 35. Amanda Weir, at 30, takes the cake* for the women. The birthday cake, if you will!
- The babies of the team are older than usual. No eager 14- and 15-year-olds this time around, with the youngest woman being Katie Ledecky at 19. She was 15 at her first Olympics in 2012, and is joined by Lilly King, Kathleen Baker, and Abbey Weitzeil (all 19 years old). Caeleb Dressel and Townley Haas are the youngest of the men’s team, though Haas won’t turn 20 until December.
*We cannot confirm that Weir, or any of Team USA, will actually get to eat cake during the Olympics. Cake is a known taper-breaker, and should be devoured at the discretion of your coaches, parents, fans, and team doctor.
- Average age (both genders): 23.3. My high school math class from a few years back finally comes in handy (but I still had to use a calculator). Maya Dirado is the closest to the average. As of today, she is a little over 23.30 years old. Congrats, Maya! More of Team USA should be 23.3, like you.
- Average female age: 22.6
- Average male age: 24.0
- Oldest rookie: David Plummer, who’s 30. Of the gray-haired members of Team USA, he might be the only one who’s naturally going gray.
- Youngest veteran (this is at least their 2nd Games): Katie Ledecky, who’s been to 2 and is also the youngest member of the team. Shout out to Beisel– the 23 year old is only slightly older than the average age, but this will be her third Olympics.
- Combined age: 1,073. That’s a lot of years. This is also a useless statistic.