Admittedly, this story is a month old. I can’t believe I missed The '07 Summer Senior Olympics as they were being held right under my nose here in
The ‘08 Summer Olympics in
Unspeakable Drama: 93 Year Old Women wins 7 Medals in 07
93 Year Old Women wins 7 Medals in 07
Going into yesterday's mixed doubles bowling, Lillian Webb of
, was already loaded down with hardware -- five gold medals in track and field and another in bowling. Her feats included a record-setting 100-meter dash of 31.3 seconds for her age group. (Her age being 93.) There weren't any male bowlers in her age group, so she paired with a younger man, Harry Jackman, also a Floridian. They won the silver medal. Sebring, Fla.
So, after bowling three games yesterday, she said, "Now I am really tired."
So, I’m supposed to be impressed by a record I could beat by around 22 seconds? Please.
Roy Armstrong and his wife, Joyce, of
, trailed 95-80 in the championship match. Joyce lined up for the final shot. She scored seven points for her side and bumped their opponents' disc from its resting place, costing them 10 points. That 17-point turnaround gave the Armstrongs an 87-85 victory. Water Valley, Ky.
Their home lies between Fulton and Mayfield. So, is it easy to find a place to play shuffleboard in
? Water Valley
said. "We have to go to Roy -- 20 miles." Martin, Tenn.
20 Miles for an old person could take upwards of 2-3 hours! Now, that’s dedication.
How many athletes are so determined to compete that they will stay in a homeless shelter? That's what Robert Buesse of
, did two years ago when the Games were held in Battle Creek, Mich. . He couldn't afford lodging, so he slept in a homeless shelter the week he competed in horseshoes. He said it was the only time he ever stayed in a shelter. Pittsburgh
"The whole house was rooting for me," said Buesse, 62. "When I came back with a seventh-place ribbon, they said, 'Way to go.' "
Wow, I don’t mean to sound too critical but with that story's build up I at least expected a top three finish. You didn’t leave with a medal old man? Why were people telling him he did a good job? I’m not dishing out compliments to any senior citizen I know for a 7th place finish.
The Two most ridiculous Quotes from 16 Days of old people blabber:
Philip Godfrey, president of the National Senior Games Association, which has held these Games 20 years said.
"I know and I believe in my heart that we've taken it to a new level in 2007.”
97-year-old Leona Boehme’s response to the question “Do you feel like an athlete?”
At least one of the old timers is still with it.