Over 10,000 golden-agers are competing in the National Senior Games this month in Minnesota including Dick Johnson, a 75 year old pickleball buddy of mine from Boise.
Yes, they pitch horseshoes and play shuffleboard at the National Senior Games. But this 13-day event, which begins Friday in the Twin Cities, isn’t your grandfather’s sports festival — unless your grandfather is a triathlete, javelin thrower or point guard.
Stereotype-busting is not among the 19 medal sports and two demonstration events at the Games, an Olympic-style competition for men and women ages 50 and older. Still, the perception they are fusty or frail is likely to take a big hit, as nearly 10,000 golden-agers go for gold in everything from three-on-three basketball to archery to pickleball to disc golf. Their message is that no matter how many miles are on their muscles, sports can provide lifelong nourishment to both body and spirit.
I just love looking at individual and group stories about people. Here are a few of athletes competing in the games.
Women’s Basketball 3 on 3 Competition
From NBC News:
With all of its members in their 80s or 90s, the “Albuquerque Cruisin’ Big Dogs” prove age is nothing but a number.
Best quote from that story: The more you don’t move, the less you’ll be able to…
Track and Field Competitions
Former South Dakota governor Frank Farrar has completed in over 300 triathlons over the last 23 years after battling knee surgery and cancer. Farrar placed second at this year’s National Senior Games.
And retired rancher John Zilverberg, who turns 102 in a month, is competing in discus, shot put, javelin, and softball throw events.