The Oldest U.S. Olympian Brings Home A Medal

Phillip Dutton proves that sometimes age is just a state of mind.

Team U.S.A.’s Phillip Dutton, 52, won the bronze medal in the individual equestrian eventing on Tuesday in his sixth Olympic appearance, NBC reported. This was the third time Dutton made the U.S. Olympic team; he is the team’s oldest member. He competed for his native Australia in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

Dutton, who now hails from Chester County, Pennsylvania, medaled behind Michael Jung of Germany and Astier Nicolas of France while riding Mighty Nice. He finished 23rd in the same event four years ago in London, with a previous career best of 13th at the 2004 Athens Games. He won gold in team eventing in 1996 and 2000 while competing for his native Australia before becoming a U.S. citizen in 2006, according to Sporting News. Dutton will celebrate his 53rd birthday in September.

Dutton is in good company, age-wise. He is one of five Olympians competing in the Rio Games who are over 40. Proof that age is just a number.



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