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Cycling Away From Cancer

Cycling Away From Cancer - Michael Adsit, 65, Milford, Pennsylvania S tatistics tell us that one of two American men and one of three American women will personally encounter cancer. The good news is that with research and medical advancements, a diagnosis doesn't always carry the "automatic death sentence" connotation it once had. There are more than 12 million survivors who are learning to live ...
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The Power of Love

The Power of Love - John C. Taylor, 94, Atlanta, Georgia It's not just anyone who can say they have done a triathlon in the National Senior Games at the age of 90 or older. In fact, no one but John C. Taylor can make that claim, which was accomplished in 2011 in Houston. Even more remarkable is that John didn't begin running until he was 60 years old as part of an ongoing process of reinventing hi...
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Of Mentors, Mountains and Marathons

Of Mentors, Mountains and Marathons - Della Works, 80, Casper, Wyoming At each phase of her life, Della Works hasn't begun to imagine what the next turn would bring. As a farm girl in Wisconsin, she never saw a mountain while growing up, yet she would find herself avidly hiking and climbing them after she married a man who loved the outdoors. You wouldn't have convinced her at age 48 that she woul...
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"Fleet Fox" March 2015 Athlete of the Month

Vicki Fox, 56, Huntington, New York People not familiar with the Senior Games Movement often assume that all of the athletes have been active in sports for their entire lives, or at least were once elite athletes who returned to compete as seniors. While this is true for many who participate, especially for those who qualify for the National Senior Games, the truth is that a significant number are...
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"'Team Conaway' Supports a Victor" February 2015 Athlete of the Month

Victor Conaway, 75, Escondido, California Victor Conaway is a retired mechanic and continuing education teacher who once owned his own motorcycle shop. Known among endurance racers, his favorite challenge was the grueling Baja 500 desert run in Mexico. He admits to not always taking the best care of himself, but when he needed heart surgery a dozen years ago he took his doctor's advice and began d...
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"Without a Wagon" January 2015 Athlete of the Month

Inez Ross, 84, Los Alamos, New Mexico Inez Ross of Los Alamos, New Mexico is a self-described "wild and crazy 84 year old retired teacher, writer, jogger, star gazer, tap dancer, and ukulele player" who enjoys traveling to state and National Senior Games with fellow runner Carolyn Robinson of Santa Fe. She trains for the 5K by jogging up and down the steep streets of Los Alamos. New Mexico Senior ...
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"Setting His Own Pace" December 2014 Athlete of the Month

Harry Carothers, 71, Pinellas Park, Florida Recently, the syndicated Daytime TV morning show, which is based with WFLA in Tampa, Florida and airs in 102 cities, featured a basketball shooting display by 71 year old Harry Carothers from nearby Pinellas Park. The spry marksman did not fail to impress the show hosts and audience, and the interview and demonstration extended an invitation nationwide f...
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"No More Regrets" November 2014 Athlete of the Month

Susan Adams Loyd, 56, Edina, Minnesota When Susan Adams Loyd competes in senior track events, she proudly sprints in an official University of Minnesota women's track team uniform complete with her name on the back. She jokingly tells people "I've got four years of eligibility left - I redshirted for 38 years!" Fact is, the uniform represents a bond that developed when she was asked to talk to the...
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"Isabelle's Relay" October 2014 Athlete of the Month

Isabelle Daniels Holston, 77, Decatur, Georgia One of our National Senior Games athletes is best known as a member of an Olympic track relay team that won a Bronze Medal. Taken at full perspective, 77 year old Isabelle Daniels Holston's entire life can be viewed as one big relay fueled by an Olympic spirit. First Leg: Isabelle Daniels grew up in rural Georgia during segregation where the challenge...
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"Return of the Gladiator" September 2014 Athlete of the Month

Lorraine Lewis, 55, San Tan Valley, Arizona People tell 55 year old Lorraine Lewis she should write a book about her life. After all, it's not everyone who has been an American Gladiators champion. She's started the book, but is too busy living life to finish it. Her latest chapter is this year's triumphant return to athletic competition by qualifying in triathlon for the 2015 National Senior Game...
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Serving Others

Irma DeMarzo, 76, Jackson, New Jersey Irma DeMarzo is the kind of person that embraces everything that she does, and especially when it comes to tennis. In her native Brooklyn, Irma displayed an innate competitiveness and physical aptitude in a variety of sports and was recognized as the top girl athlete in her high school. However, tennis was not available for her until after she married and...
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Woodbridge, New Jersey

Fun, fellowship and fitness were found in abundance during our visit to Woodbridge, home of the New Jersey Senior Olympics. Everyone we met, from our Personal Best recipient Irma DeMarzo to the volunteers that greeted us everywhere, were "all in" and excited about the games. DeMarzo, who has been the tennis coordinator for the state games for 15 years, was recognized for being a longtime fitness r...
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

When 94 year old senior athlete Larry Johnson of Albuquerque received his NSGA Personal Best Award recognizing him as an inspiration and role model for active, healthy aging, he decided to demonstrate his vitality by standing on his head in front of 1,200 delighted attendees to the opening session for the 36th annual New Mexico Conference on Aging held at the Isleta Resort and Conference Center in...
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"You Gotta Have Heart(s)" August 2014 Athlete of the Month

James "JJ" Jones, 68, Kansas City, Kansas Listening to JJ Jones tell his story, it's hard not to start humming "You Gotta Have Heart" from the popular musical Damn Yankees. That's because he continues to swing a bat after not one but two heart transplants. The Kansas native spent much of his childhood in California, where he fell in love with baseball and played from little league through high sch...
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"Sister Act" July 2014 Athlete of the Month

Janet McDonough, 56, Cranberry Township, PA and  Patty Sweetall, 54, Louisville, KY It was like old times when sisters Janet McDonough (right in photo) and Patty Sweetall gave dominating swimming performances in Cleveland at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Janet, of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, earned four gold medals while breaking national records in the 55-59 age group ...
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08 April 2015
Athlete of the Month
Jim Barksdale, 80 and Jan Weisel, 55 - Steeleville, Missouri Some people take up sports as a hobby. Jim Barksdale of Steeleville, Missouri c...
12 March 2015
Personal Best Featured Athletes
A Different Kind of Fish Story - Alexandra Stafford, 54, Metairie, Louisiana N S GA's Personal Best initiative seeks to inspire an attitude ...
12 March 2015
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Cycling Away From Cancer - Michael Adsit, 65, Milford, Pennsylvania S tatistics tell us that one of two American men and one of three Americ...
12 March 2015
Personal Best Featured Athletes
The Power of Love - John C. Taylor, 94, Atlanta, Georgia It's not just anyone who can say they have done a triathlon in the National Senior ...