At 66 years-young, Pam Wilson was the eldest Para athlete at Beijing 2022 and made her Paralympic debut for USA in wheelchair curling.

“It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, or get your first gold medal.” she said.

She took up wheelchair curling more than 10 years ago and said the best thing about the sport is the sense of community. “Anywhere you go, you’re welcome..It’s the sense of camaraderie.” she said.

“It’s actually really hard the first time.” said Wilson. “Once I got the right equipment and saw how awesome the thing was, I’ve been curling ever since.”

Wilson suffered a spinal cord injury in her 20s from a car accident. She then discovered sports as an outlet.

Before ever moving a 42-pound stone across the ice, Wilson already had many athletic feats – including a national skiing championship. But after conquering the slopes, she was ready for a new challenge and started curling at the Denver Curling Club in Golden.

Find below the eldest athletes at Beijing 2022 Winter Games Paralympics, per sport:

Para Alpine Skiing

Eldest Para athlete: Linda Le Bon 57 (BEL)

Para Biathlon

Eldest Para athlete: Alexander Ehler 52 (GER)

Para Cross-Country Skiing

Eldest Para athlete: Alexander Ehler 52 (GER)

Para Ice Hockey

Eldest Para athlete: Santino Stillitano 52 (ITA)

Para Snowboard

Eldest Para athlete: Victor Manuel Gonzalez Fernandez 51 (ESP)

Wheelchair Curling

Eldest Para athlete: Pam Wilson 66 (USA)

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