You miss my point Kady, it’s not a matter of age but physical wear and tear that gets athletes.
I disagree that that is the only variable. Maybe its clearer here because we have this rather unique athlete called a “quarterback”, which requires, in addition to physical skills, the ability to quickly process a ton of variables and make a correct decision as to how to respond.
It’s rather clear in some cases that its not always the physical aging that takes the QB down, but a degredation in their ability to process said variables.
Now, if you wish to argue that that occurs due to football’s well documented problems with concussions and not age, I’d have to grant the point. But regardless, there is an issue of mental acuity involved.
As for loss of mental ability, that’s not a consistent decline.
Never is. But it is age-related, and is unpredictable. And as you pointed out originally, that should indeed be on the table when considering a vote for an older politician.
Well I lost mobility & had to sell my Triumph TR6
Arrrgh. Loved that car. And then Triumph themselves killed it with the TR7…..
It’s not ageism that defeats these people it’s they physical and mental wear and tear imposed by training regimes and finding the will to keep doing it.
In the endurance sports, of course.