Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Sunday, May 26, 2013
2013 US WOC Team AgeI took my nearly annual look at the average and median age of the US WOC team.
Here are the results:
Year Avg Median
2013 28.9 29.5
2012 30.2 29.5
2011 ??.? ??.?
2010 33.4 31.0
2009 32.4 30.0
2008 31.4 30.5
2007 ??.? ??.?
2006 ??.? ??.?
2005 30.8 28.0
2004 32.4 31.5
2013 is the lowest average age among the US WOC teams where I've done the math. Part of that is that one junior was named to the team (Ethan Childs). Someone told me that while he was named to the team he might not be going. If that happens, I guess I'll update the math.
2013 is the first time that I've calculated team ages and had the average below the median.
A few years ago I looked at the ages for as many of the entrants as I could at a WOC and a European Champs and came up with categories based on ages:
Very young = under 21 (3 percent of the field)
Young = 21-25 (37 percent of the field)
Prime = 26-30 (39 percent of the field)
Old = 31-36 (13 percent of the field)
Very old = 36 and up (8 percent of the field)
The US WOC Team for 2013 has one "very young" orienteer, two "young" orienteers, three "prime" orienteers, three "old" orienteers and one "very old" orienteer.
You could apply the categories to the team average age. In 2013, the average age is 28.9, which puts the average age in the "prime" category. In prior years (keeping in mind that I've only done the math for 7 WOCs) the average age has always been "old."
*Ages are based on the year of birth that I found on runners.worldofo.com or Attackpoint.
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