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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Olga Kotelko Age: 95 Country: Canada Sport: Track and Field (long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus, javelin, weight throw, etc) Fact: Between her birth in 1919 until her death in 2014, Kotelko earned a whopping 750 gold medals for track and field, setting 37 world records. Photo Credit: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images

Tao Porchon-Lynch Age: 98 Country: USA Sport: Yoga (Instructor) Fact: Beginning her long career as an actress in England, Porchon-Lynch is a "98-year-young" "Master Yoga teacher." Photo Credit: J. Countess/Getty Images

Oksana Chusovitina Age:  41 Country: Uzbekistan Sport: Gymnastics Fact: Uzbekistan's Chusovitina competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, the seventh Olympic Games for which she qualified, as the oldest athlete to ever compete in women's gymnastics. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky

Kristin Armstrong Age:  43 Country: USA Sport: Cycling Fact: Just one day before her 43rd birthday, Armstrong won her third straight gold medal for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Photo Credit: Tim de Waele via Getty Images

Dara Torres Age:  49 Country: USA Sport: Swimming Fact: Torres competed at her last Olympics at the age of 41 in Beijing, making history as the oldest swimmer to compete, inspiring others to get back in the game despite their age with her 2009 memoir "Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life." Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Joanne (Jo) Pavey Age: 42 Country: Great Britain Sport: Swimming Fact: Great Britain's Pavey is training to become the first British Olympian to compete in 5 Olympic Games. Photo Credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images