This amazing collection of athletes at the Summer National Senior Games, presented by Humana, participated for many good reasons. For some it’s is the competition itself. Others have something to prove to themselves and their fellow competitors. For others it is a celebration of health and well-being. Here’s a collection of our favorite quotes:
“I love coming here. It motivates me to be the best I can be. Besides, if I weren’t here I’d be home eating cookies.”
– Lois Gilmore, 80, of Janesville, Wisc., who won a gold medal in the women’s 80-84 1500 meter run. Lois is the #1 ranked 80-year-old female runner in the world by U.S. Track and Field.
“I am working on my second hundred.”
– Trent Lane, 101, of Baker, La., who set a world record in his age group in the hammer throw. Trent won gold medals in the men’s 100+ hammer throw, discuss and shot put.
“I love the aura of the track. I love to run. And my husband says it makes it easier to live with me.”
– Margie Stoll, 70, of Nashville, Tenn., who won a gold medal in the women’s 70-74 1500 meter run
“I want to get out and test myself. I want to get the adrenaline going. I get excited for it. I try to win every time. I don’t think you can afford to let that go.”
– Bill Harvey, 65, of Glen Brook, Nev., who won a bronze medal in the men’s 65-69 discuss. Bill has competed in international competition as well and is nicknamed “The Skinny Guy” by the Europeans.
“I started playing tennis when I retired and I was kidded about how fast I was. So I decided to try out for the Senior Games. This helps me stay in shape and keep my weight down.”
– Ken Shooter, 71, of Centerview, Ohio, who entered his first competition at the age of 70. He won a bronze medal in the men’s 70-74 long jump. He is also competing in the high jump and 100 meter run.
“We are ALL crazy.”
– Barbara Jordan, 75, of Burlington, Vt. who won a gold medal in the women’s 75-79 200 meter run and holds world records for the 300 meter hurdles run, indoor 200 meter run and indoor 60 meter run. She is in 5 athletic Hall of Fames including her high school, college, state of Vermont, Runners over 65 and Master’s Athletes.