When Gender Matters and When It Doesn’t

My latest Olympinomics post is up at the Olympics-Reference Blog.

One of the consistent findings in the academic literature on aging and athletic performance is that women tend to reach their athletic peak earlier than men. This difference is stronger in strength and speed events which tend to peak younger than endurance events for both genders. In this post, I compare the average age of medal winners by gender to see their differences across sports.


  1. [...] my previous Olympinomics posts, I have looked how the age of winners has differed across sport and gender. The general findings indicate that athleticism tends to generate younger performance peaks and [...]