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Woman becomes oldest torch-bearer in Olympic history

July 27, 2012

The Summer Olympics officially kicked off on Friday, and while there will likely be some records set in the pool, on the track or on the basketball court, one woman already set a record - and she's not even competing. Diana Gould carried the Olympic torch as part of the relay, and at 100 she is the oldest ever to do so, The Telegraph reports.

Gould was nominated by her granddaughter and recently completed her 300-yard portion of the relay on July 25. She was certainly a good choice for the honor. An avid badminton player up until she was 86, she helps encourage other older adults enjoy healthy senior living by leading a mobility class twice a week.

"I never dreamt I would be part of the Olympics, that's for sure and I'm delighted to be carrying the torch before London 2012," she told the newspaper back in May. "There will be at least 18 of my family watching, as well as my friends, which makes it feel right. I just hope that it doesn't rain."

As it turns out, the weather held out for Gould and though she brought along a walking stick to help her complete her leg of the torch's journey, she didn't have to use it, reports Reuters.

Though Gould is the oldest person associated with the London games this year, there are many older competitors as well, according to The Huffington Post. Among them is equestrian rider Karen O'Connor who, at 54, is making her impressive fifth appearance in the Olympics. There are many other 50-plus equestrian competitors including Jan Ebeling, 53, and Rich Fellers, 52.