Here Are 20 Famous Accomplishments Made Late In Life
1. Oldest Bungee Jumper
Bungee jumping is one of the most extreme things which can rush your adrenaline. Even young people quiver thinking of doing this. But this 96 years old Mohr Keet still do it and he enlisted himself at the Guinness Book of world record as the oldest bungee jumper. His most mentionable feat is to jump from South Africa’s Western Cape which is a 708 ft high.
2. Oldest Competitive Video Gamer
You think that you can play games! Look at Doris Self. Though she is 81, still she is spanking and taking names. Doris became champion at the Twin Galaxies 1984 Vido Game Masters Tournament. He set a world record with 1,112,300 points on TGTS which is the hardest settings in the game.
3. Oldest Doctorate
Emeritus Professor Dr. Heinz got his doctorate degree at the age of 97! No wonder he is the oldest person to be given the degree. The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover awarded him the degree on 29 September 2008. Well, the subject of his dissertation was “Cell Biological Studies in the Morphology and Physiology of primitive marine Placozoons Trichoplax Adhaerens”.
4. Oldest Flight Instructor
At 81 Bart Bratko still works as a flight instructor. During the Second World War he was a Flight Control Officer and now he is the oldest flight instructor in the world.
5. Oldest Man To Climb Mount Everest
Yuichiro Miura is a Japanese mountaineer who set a world record of the oldest person to reach the peak of Mount Everest in 2003. The record was later broken. Whatever Miura again did it at the age of 75 and at last he did it at the age of 80. No wonder, the name of the oldest person to reach the peak of Mt. Everest is Yuichiro Miura.
6. Oldest NHL Player
Gordie Howe is the only player who played in 5 different decades which is a rare feat for any kind of sport. He retired at the age of 52 which is a record. He is the only NHL player who played after the age of 50.
7. Oldest Person To Begin Primary School
There is a say that you can’t learn new things when you’re old. But this misconception is now past. Kimani Maruge enrolled himself as the first-grade student at the age of 84. Hearing this, I am sure you will want to learn new things.
8. Oldest Person To Release a New Album
Australian country musician Smoky Dawson released his album at the age of 92. The title of the album was Homestead of My Dreams. It made him the oldest person to release an album. Named as the singing cowboy, Dawson won several awards for his contribution to country music.
9. Oldest Person To Sail Around The World
Sailing across the world is undoubtedly a major feat. Minoru Saito did this job eight times. He did it last at the age of 77. Can you imagine? The most wonderful thing is he circumnavigated the world last time going the “wrong way” meaning going westwardly against winds and currents. It took Minoru about 1080 days to complete the circumnavigation.
10. Oldest Person To Visit The North Pole
The North Pole is infamous for its harsh environment. Here temperatures can go down to -43 °C (−45 °F). Here the landscape changes continually and you will see rarely any life here because few can tolerate this severe cold. But Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch made it at the age of 89. She went there on the Russian Nuclear Icebreaker Yamal.
11. Oldest Person to Visit The South Pole
We early mentioned the harshness of the North Pole environment. But the environment of the South Pole is more severe. The temperature here drops down to -58 °C (−72 °F). Simon Murray trekked traveled 1200 km from the Hercules Inlet on the Zuamberge Coast, Antartica to the South Pole. It took him about 2 months to complete the journey. Well, forgot to say that Simon Murray was then 63 years 309 days.
12. Oldest Person To Win A Pro-Beach Volleyball Title
Kiraly is the “Michael Jordan” of Pro beach volleyball. Even at the age of 46 he played and performed at the highest level. At 44 he won the AVP world title.
13. Oldest Person To Win An Oscar For Best Actor
Henry got one Oscar (for best actor) in his acting life but this Oscar made him the oldest recipient of this award. He also earned Golden Globe for acting in the same movie. At that time Fonda was 76. It’s a matter of great regret that Fonda could not go to the prize-giving ceremony for illness. His daughter Jane accepted the prize on his behalf.
14. Oldest Person To Win An Oscar For Best Actress
Jessica Tandy got the Academy Award for Best Actress for her acting in the movie named Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Her age was then only 80! Well, she also got BAFTA and a Golden Globe for the same movie.
15. Oldest Player To Record 20 Rebounds In The NBA
Pulling down rebounds in a competitive league filled with bright young athletes is really hard but Dikembe Mutombo got 22 rebounds in an NBA match in 2007 when he was 40.
16. Oldest Practicing Doctor
Do you know the name of the oldest pediatrician? – Well, Dr. Leila Denmark. This American pediatrician retired at the age of 103. Leila died at the age of 114 and at the time of her death she was the 4th oldest person on earth.
17. Oldest Woman To Climb Mount Everest
Tamae Watanabe started mountain climbing at the age of 28. She ascended Mount McKinley in 1977. Later she also ascended Mount Blanc, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Aconcagua. In May 2002, she reached the peak of Mount Everest and became the oldest woman to climb there. after ten years she broke her own record at the age of 73.
18. Oldest Woman To Complete A Marathon
A marathon runner knows how hard training is needed for the event. The most athletic and expert runners are challenged here by the physical endurance test. Gladys Burrill did overcome this challenge and became the oldest marathon runner at the age of 92. Local newspaper nicknamed her “Gladiator”.
19. Oldest Woman to Give Birth To Twins
To become a mother is the blessing of heaven. Many women wanted to have childer but for any reason are not able to. Carmella Bousada did not take a child at his normal age but at 67 she wanted to have a baby. She became pregnant through the in vitro fertilization procedure and gave birth to twin boys. She died at the 69.
20. Oldest World Wrestling Entertainment Champion
This topic is a bit touchy and argumentative. Vince McMahon is the oldest Wrestling Champion. He won a WWE title at the age of 54. Well, we got this information from the Guinness Book of World Records.