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ALM
January 11th, 2015, 07:31 PM
91-year-old swimmer stars in Speedo ad
Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
6:19 p.m. EST January 11, 2015

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/11/speedo-advertising-marketing-swimming-masters-swimmer/21495873/

StewartACarroll
January 11th, 2015, 08:48 PM
91-year-old swimmer stars in Speedo ad
Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
6:19 p.m. EST January 11, 2015

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/11/speedo-advertising-marketing-swimming-masters-swimmer/21495873/

What a true inspiration to us all and proof that swimming can be a life long sport.

ElaineK
January 11th, 2015, 08:53 PM
91-year-old swimmer stars in Speedo ad
Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
6:19 p.m. EST January 11, 2015

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/11/speedo-advertising-marketing-swimming-masters-swimmer/21495873/

You go, Jurgen! :cheerleader: Kudos to Speedo for featuring such an inspirational senior in their ad! :applaud:

flystorms
January 11th, 2015, 09:18 PM
Wow, how many runners or triathletes, or even cyclists to you see at this age? What an amazing tribute to our sport that you can still be competitive into your 9th decade?

knelson
January 11th, 2015, 11:55 PM
Jurgen is a cool dude. I sat next to him a couple years ago at the SPMS long course championships at Mission Viejo. I'm pretty sure he swam more than I did! Great commercial!

smontanaro
January 12th, 2015, 07:36 AM
Wow, how many runners or triathletes, or even cyclists to you see at this age?

I (virtually) know quite a few who cyclists are in their eighties, probably some in their nineties. (When they get to that age, you generally don't ask. :)) Then there is Robert Marchand:

102-year old Robert Marchand beats own hour record (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/102-year-old-robert-marchand-beats-own-hour-record)

ForceDJ
January 12th, 2015, 07:54 AM
Wow, how many runners or triathletes, or even cyclists to you see at this age? What an amazing tribute to our sport that you can still be competitive into your 9th decade?

Well how many swimmers of that age do you see? I mean actually swimming for fitness and not just splashing around. I never see swimmers of that age. Even the seniors participating in the aquarobics class in the shallow end aren't that old.

Dan

Karl_S
January 12th, 2015, 08:12 AM
I (virtually) know quite a few who cyclists are in their eighties, probably some in their nineties. (When they get to that age, you generally don't ask. :)) Then there is Robert Marchand:

102-year old Robert Marchand beats own hour record (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/102-year-old-robert-marchand-beats-own-hour-record)
I got a good chuckle from this:
"With doping I could have ridden faster," Marchand joked.

ElaineK
January 12th, 2015, 12:29 PM
Well how many swimmers of that age do you see? I mean actually swimming for fitness and not just splashing around.
Dan

This is my 98year old teammate! :cheerleader:
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orca1946
January 12th, 2015, 01:20 PM
How cool is that ? It's about time the companies saw the "older than 20 - 30 " age groups as people that are still into sports & purchase things other than walkers & canes.

Sportygeek
January 12th, 2015, 01:39 PM
Well how many swimmers of that age do you see? I mean actually swimming for fitness and not just splashing around. I never see swimmers of that age. Even the seniors participating in the aquarobics class in the shallow end aren't that old.

Dan

90+ year olds? Two. 80+ year olds, a lot more. I've witnessed a club Women's 360 years 4x 50m freestyle relay. http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/life-turns-360-for-our-oldest-world-champions-20120818-24fvr.html

FindingMyInnerFish
January 12th, 2015, 02:00 PM
For runners--published May 2014--and he's still running--he was in the Philly Marathon and also the Club Cross-Country Nationals at Lehigh University:

http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2014/05/13/meet-john-schultz-81-year-old-runner-marisa-magnattas-inspiring-broad-street-run-photo/

Swimming: I'm 64, and swimmers significantly older than I am beat me soundly. It means I might be able to catch them when I grow up. ;)

FindingMyInnerFish
January 12th, 2015, 02:07 PM
Another of my running heroes:

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/09/sport/fauja-singh-marathon-oldest/

Bill Sive
January 12th, 2015, 02:33 PM
Jurgen is an amazing man. I have met him, and speak with him, at many swim meets in So. Calif. when I see him. Perhaps Speedo is acknowledging the $ilver Dollar age category!? In any case its nice to see someone like Jurgen in a commercial directed towards the common man.

ElaineK
January 12th, 2015, 10:03 PM
91-year-old swimmer stars in Speedo ad
Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
6:19 p.m. EST January 11, 2015

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/11/speedo-advertising-marketing-swimming-masters-swimmer/21495873/

The story ran in today's print version of USA Today.

ALM
January 14th, 2015, 04:47 PM
Well how many swimmers of that age do you see? I mean actually swimming for fitness and not just splashing around. I never see swimmers of that age. Even the seniors participating in the aquarobics class in the shallow end aren't that old.

Dan

I just ran a report of all 2014 USMS members:

WOMEN, number of members:
Ages 80-84: 134
Ages 85-89: 70
Ages 90-94: 19
Ages 95-99: 8
Age 100: 1

MEN, number of members:
Ages 80-84: 266
Ages 85-89: 106
Ages 90-94: 34
Ages 95-99: 5

ElaineK
January 14th, 2015, 05:24 PM
I just ran a report of all 2014 USMS members:

WOMEN, number of members:
Ages 80-84: 134
Ages 85-89: 70
Ages 90-94: 19
Ages 95-99: 8
Age 100: 1

MEN, number of members:
Ages 80-84: 266
Ages 85-89: 106
Ages 90-94: 34
Ages 95-99: 5

:banana: I'll bet those numbers continue to grow each year, too. :cheerleader:

knelson
January 14th, 2015, 11:59 PM
Interesting stats. What's the overall percentage of men vs. women in USMS? I wouldn't have expected there to be so many more men, but maybe it's a legacy of women not participating in sports as much as men historically.

smontanaro
January 15th, 2015, 06:01 AM
Would also be interesting to see how many of the various age groups have participated in meets or postal swims (and how many?) in the past N years.

ALM
January 16th, 2015, 09:09 PM
Interesting stats. What's the overall percentage of men vs. women in USMS? I wouldn't have expected there to be so many more men, but maybe it's a legacy of women not participating in sports as much as men historically.

Here are some 2014 statistics:
http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/reg_stats.pdf

knelson
January 17th, 2015, 01:40 AM
Very interesting stats. Women outnumber men until the 40-44 age group.

Dan Kornblatt
January 17th, 2015, 11:12 AM
Here are some 2014 statistics:
http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/reg_stats.pdf

That's a great chart. I would bet 20-30 years ago the highest % of male and female swimmers would have been in the 30-34 age group. It would be interesting to see a similar chart done with only swimmers who compete in meets. All too often swimmers drop out of the meet circuit using the excuse "I can't go as fast as I used to anymore". When I ask them "why do you think there age groups" they usually have no answer.

ALM
January 17th, 2015, 01:04 PM
Here are some membership statistics from USA Swimming. These are from Page 9 of this document:

http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/86e3f19e-d086-4783-81d4-8bd557610eda/Statistics-2013.pdf

USA Swimming 2013 Memberships

Age............ Female............... Male.................. Total
0-8 ............ 19,779 .............. 14,911 ............. 34, 690
9 ............... 17,729 .............. 12,815 ............. 30,544
10 .............. 21,982 ............. 15,641 ............. 37,623
11 .............. 24,089 ............. 16,521 ............. 40,610
12 ............. 23,499 .............. 16,418 ............ 39,917
13 .............. 21,876 ............ 15,545 ............. 37,421
14 .............. 18,704 ............ 13,647 ............. 32,351
15 .............. 14,426 ............. 11,174 ............ 25,600
16 .............. 11,359 ............. 9,499 ............. 20,858
17 .............. 8,936 ............... 8,375 ............. 17,311
18 .............. 6,224 ............... 6,673 ............. 12,897
19+ ............. 4,785 .............. 5,961 .............. 10,746
Total........... 193,388 ........... 147,180 .......... 340,568


Females outnumber males up through age 17.

knelson
January 17th, 2015, 01:41 PM
The USA Swimming stats are a little disappointing with the numbers declining steadily for swimmers over 12 years old. There are just slightly more than half 16 year olds as there are 12 year olds.