74-Year-Old Competes in Age Group Online Qualifier, Oldest Athlete to Hit Competition Floor

May 9, 2021 by
Credit: Dan Contreras

As the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) kicks off, the stage is set for some of the youngest and oldest athletes in the sport. This is the final group of athletes to compete in this stage of the CrossFit Games season before the Individuals take on Semifinals.

The details: For the teens, ages 14-15 and 16-17 will compete, and for masters, the divisions range from 35+ up to 65+. But that isn’t stopping some masters athletes over the age of 70 from throwing down.

Meet Dan Contreras. At 74, he is the oldest age group athlete to qualify for the next stage. He’s just one of five male masters athletes in the 65+ category over the age of 70, with the majority of the competitors in his age group in their mid-60’s. A Vietnam Veteran in the United States Air Force, he’s been doing CrossFit for the last seven years after being inspired by his sons.

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