Late bloomers are the opposite of child prodigies.
Their notable achievements come later in life, and that success is usually down to hard work and persistence rather than raw talent.
But there are lots of examples of these people. Not so much in sport, but especially in the arts and in business. So it is possible to succeed big time in our later years, but difficult because of the following factors.
Many of their early efforts will be poor, and may attract criticism and even derision. So they must be able to bounce back from this and learn, practice more, and try again.
They also need financial support, maybe even a patron. Because when years of failure are to be expected, that means years of very little or no income, which comes with its own set of difficulties.
At the top level therefore, many potential late bloomers are no doubt lost along the way because either they find the idea of failure really difficult or they want a nicer lifestyle. Fair enough.
For the rest of us however, blooming late in life at a new skill or hobby can bring huge meaning to our lives, and can be pursued without the drawbacks mentioned above.