Andrew Hoy Australia’s oldest ever medallist in his 8th Olympic Games

Andrew Hoy

Andrew Hoy Australia’s oldest ever medallist in his 8th Olympic Games


“I just continue doing what I love doing!” Words to live by & a salute to 62 year old legend horseman Andrew Hoy who became Australia’s oldest ever medallist in his 8th Olympic Games. Hoy won two equestrian medals – team silver & individual bronze to etch his name more deeply into Olympic folklore.

He is the oldest Olympic medallist since Louis Noverraz a 66 year old Swedish sailor who medalled in Mexico in 1968. He is also now the oldest individual Olympic medallist since Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn in 1912.

At the age of 25 he went to his first Olympics, the 1984 Lost Angeles Games, & when asked the secret of his longevity he offered a simple answer: “I’m naturally pretty healthy, but I’m conscious of what I eat and I lead a healthy lifestyle.”

On his Instagram Hoy sent out the highest praise to Vassily de Lassos his horse: “My best friend, soulmate & partner – I would be nothing without you.”

When Brisbane 2032 comes around Hoy will be 73, and he hasn’t completely ruled out aiming for those Games which would be his 11th Olympics.

An inspiration!

Image Source: Andrew Hoy of Australia Kiyoshi Otaefe

Patrick Skene

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