Originally Posted by JohnH
You can't simply look at age. The min, mid and max ages for women on the WC are much lower than for men. How many 30 year old women are on tour, as opposed to men?
You're right. The purpose of my post wasn't necessarily to draw a tidy mathematical comparison between Miller and Mancuso, but to make dramatically (probably overly dramatically) the point that, given how early she is in her career, Mancuso is a very accomplished racer.
By way of hard information, the FIS does publish an "average age of the winner" figure for each World Cup season. As you'd expect, women are younger, particularly in the technical events:
For the 2004-05 season
F: 28.00 DH - 29.88 SG- 24.38 GS - 24.00 SL
M: 29.27 DH - 29.63 SG - 28.88 GS - 28.33 SL
The youngest winners last season were:
F: Lindsey Kildow at 20
M: Johann Grugger at 23
And the oldest were:
Michaela Dorfmeister at 31
M: Lasse Kjuss at 34
Incidentally, those are both old by historical standards. The oldest ever for men is, indeed, 34. Dorfmeister tied the standing record (in whole years) for women of 32 this season.