Miguel Seijas and Chiharu Igaya

Today on Oldest Olympians we have two milestone birthdays, so we are continuing our trend of covering both in a single blog post rather than choosing between them!

First, we want to wish a happy 94th birthday to Miguel Seijas, the oldest living Olympic medalist from Uruguay! Seijas represented his country in the double sculls at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Games, winning bronze in the former and being eliminated in the round one repêchage in the latter.

Second, Chiharu Igaya is turning 93 as Japan’s oldest Olympic medalist! Igaya represented his country in nine alpine skiing events across three editions of the Games – 1952, 1956, and 1960 – and won a silver medal in the slalom in 1956. He also took bronze at the World Championships in that event in 1958. By career he worked in insurance, but also served in sport administration, most notably as a member of the IOC since 1982.