“Solange mein Körper mitspielt und ich auf hohem Niveau turnen kann, solange gibt es keinen Grund aufzuhören.” Espen Jansen (40)
(my translation:) “As long as my body plays along and I´m able to do gymnastics on a high level, there´s no reason to quit.”
Two years ago in Stuttgart, the Norwegian gymnast Espen Jansen was the oldest competitor ever, who competed at a World Championships. Additional, he attended as sole gymnast 13 (!) World Championships – other elite gymnasts participate in the sport for less than 13 years.
This weekend, he starts in Cottbus at the Tournament of Masters. (Oh yes, he´s a real Master!) He does pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.
Here´s a funny exhibition on high bar he did last year:
Read the full article about Jansen on www.turnier-der-meister.de (only in german 😦 ).
Do you know who´s the second oldest elite gymnast ever?