(2) I am now older than all the English cricket team. I am older than almost anyone in professional sport (though not, of course, Ryan Giggs*). But I am not older than Noriaki Kasai, who is a ski jumper and at 41 years old won the silver medal in the men's large hill competition earlier this week, in his seventh olympics. It's not just that he's older than the average ski jumper that's impressive - it's that he first won an olympic medal in Lillehammer in 1994, when a good number of the competition hadn't even been born. I can't now find on the internet the stat the BBC gave the other day about the number of competitors who hadn't been born when Kasai first competed on the World Cup circuit in 1989. It was large.
(3) Guardian photos of really exhausted cross-country skiers.
*There are probably people in sailing, dressage, clay pigeon shooting, and archery, too.