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Gould Would Like Age Limit for Olympics

posted March 12, 2007 @ 7:58 PM  |  Elite Level Competition category

SYDNEY, Australia, January 30. Shane Gould, the Australian legend who won five Olympic medals during her illustrious career, told the Daily Telegraph that she would like to see athletes under the age of 18 deemed ineligible for the Olympic Games. Gould thinks a rule of that sort would prevent burnout at a young age.

The Australian Olympic Committee said it doesn't believe an age limit is necessary, but Gould believes youngsters in the spotlight are being placed under an enormous amount of pressure, sometimes causing them to leave the sport. Gould was 15 at the 1972 Games in Munich and retired a year later after feeling intense pressure from the Aussie public.

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