These Female Athletes Proved That Age Is But a Number

We see it over and over again in sports — men and women whose ages just cannot compete with their undeniable abilities nor stop them from thriving.

But, despite the initial surprise we may find from hearing of a 95-year-old competitive track star, or a 97-year-old yoga instructor, this is more common than you might think.

In fact, even some of Rio 2016's great Olympians, like Uzbekistan's gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, are more than twice the age of many of their opponents.

Click through the gallery above to see some of the talented athletes who have competed in various sports even after their 40th birthday (and a few who are still doing so after their 90th).

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