Skater, 49, makes Olympics

Claudia Pechstein will make history. At 49, she will become the oldest athlete to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics. The games will be the eighth for her and will set a new record for most games by a female olympian.



January 14, 2022 - 1:33 PM

Claudia Pechstein from Germany in action during the women's 5000m speed skating event of the 2018 Winter Olympics in the Gangneung Oval in Gangneun, South Korea, Feb. 16, 2018. (Peter Kneffel/DPA/Abaca Press/TNS) Photo by TNS

Decades into a decorated speedskating career, Claudia Pechstein is still achieving firsts.

The 49-year-old German will become the oldest woman to compete at a Winter Olympics in Beijing and the second athlete — and only woman — to compete in eight Winter Games.

“Almost everybody say to me, ‘It’s amazing you’re still competing on this level. It’s crazy,’” she said. “I like skating.”

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