Leon Stukelj

This man was a utter phenomenon. He was a Slovenian gymnast, who won golds in the 1924 and 1928 Olympics, then silver in 1936. That alone would be enough to qualify him as a stonecoldmutherfuckingbadass, but he also remained in mind bogglingly phenomenal shape throughout his long life.

Here he is at the 1996 Olympics, being presented at the opening ceremony as the oldest living Olympic champion at the ripe old age of 97 and a half.

Whilst fucking skipping! At aged 97!

Anyway, Zoltan Magyar from TAAF has also unearthed some footage of him doing rings in his house, also in 1996. I didn’t think I could be any more astonished by the man, but watch this. He even had toepoint!

He died in 1999, a few weeks short of his 101st birthday. I don’t know the cause, but you can bet it was probably a rope break when he was abseiling, or being eaten by a shark whilst swimming the Mediterranean. Something like that. He’s probably in better shape now than I am, even though he’s been dead 12 years. Amazing.

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