At 36, Lance Armstrong has quit retirement and boldly declared he has his sights set firmly on the Tour de France in 2009. I love that, people who dream big!
When asked if being over 35 his best days might be behind him (only one rider older than 34 has ever won the Tour—36-year-old Firmin Lambot in 1922). His answer showed the people he had looked at for inspiration and motivation;
“Look at the Olympics,” he said. “You have a swimmer like Dara Torres. Even in the 50m (freestyle) the 41-year-old mother proved you can do it,” he told vanityfair magazine.
“The woman who won the Beijing Olympic marathon (Romanian Constantina Tomescu) was 38. Older athletes are performing very well. Ask serious sports physiologists and they’ll tell you age is a wives’ tale.”
Age is no barrier to an elite sports career the biggest barrier to success is our own doubts.