age distributions and peaks in Olympic combat sports

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age distributions and peaks in Olympic combat sports

Postby everything on Wed May 04, 2022 12:54 pm

we already know
- fast beats slow
- big beats small
- young beats old
- strong beats weak
(except in "internal" ;D ;D ;D :P )

but how about at the elite (Olympic in this case) combat sport level?

TL;DR: 27 is roughly the average age for champions in wrestling, judo, taekwondo. 24-25 for boxing.
in wrestling, some gold medalists have been 40+ (boxing changed the age limit to 40 in 20-teens so the data have a "bias" that cannot be compared).
also, heavyweight wrestlers can compete at this level for longer (guess because the fast>slow aspect is more key in lighter weight classes?).

https://judotraining.info/previous-resu ... okyo-2021/
https://www.guresdosyasi.com/guresar.pdf
https://rua.ua.es/dspace/bitstream/1004 ... _31-41.pdf

in judo, the drop off after that seems pretty rapid
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if you are 28, you are over the hill...
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Re: age distributions and peaks in Olympic combat sports

Postby vadaga on Thu May 05, 2022 11:14 am

made me think of Rock&Roll's 27 club
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Re: age distributions and peaks in Olympic combat sports

Postby everything on Fri May 06, 2022 1:03 pm

Oof different kind of peak
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Re: age distributions and peaks in Olympic combat sports

Postby aamc on Fri May 13, 2022 7:06 pm

What would be really interesting is to see what percentage of those age groups have children. Because what this graph doesn't tell you is if people fall off because of physical ability or because they have other things going on, especially as the olympics comes every 5 years. That's a big commitment and maybe only achievable if you don't have other responsiblities.
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