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Athlete of the Month
Each month, NSGA selects an interesting athlete to highlight from the vast diversity of people who participate in National Senior Games. These stories demonstrate the spirit of The Games and the benefits of fitness, fun and fellowship that athletes enjoy through their competitive efforts. Everyone has a story to share -... what's yours?
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"Medal Worthy - In More Than One Way" May 2015 Athlete of the Month

Jane Soeten, 88, Wasilla, Alaska Jane Soeten has earned many medals as a senior athlete, including one gold and two bronze in field events at the 2013 National Senior Games presented by Humana. Last year, however, she picked up a special medal from a very different field of play when she traveled from Wasilla, Alaska to Washington, DC to receive a Congressional medal for her service in the Civil A...
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"Carving the Lanes - and Birds" 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 certainly has fun bowling, but considers his five decades of rolling the rock as a bit more than a hobby. Along the way he has collected a 25 year American Bowling Congress tournament plaque, multiple Missouri Senior Olympic medals of all colors, plus more gath...
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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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"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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"You Are What You Eat" June 2014 Athlete of the Month

Michele Brown, 55, Lamar, Arkansas As a physical education teacher, 55 year old Michele Brown loves to be a role model for fitness. "Everyone who knows me says I am one of the most active and competitive people they know," says the lifelong resident of Lamar, Arkansas. "When I found out about Senior Games, I couldn’t wait until I reached the age to enter so I could compete with others my age." Mic...
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"School is Never Out on Fitness" May 2014 Athlete of the Month

Dr. Paul Miller, 96, Normal, Illinois When Dr. Paul Miller talks about the importance of exercise and shares his routine, he can't help if it sounds like he is lecturing. That's because he is a retired professor of sociology and anthropology from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, just a few miles from his home in Normal. However, the fact that he is still active at 96 and possesses a ra...
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"Finding His Rhythm" April Athlete of the Month

Dave Kirgan, 62, Bowling Green, Kentucky As a race walker, 62 year old Dave Kirgan of Bowling Green, Kentucky knows the importance of finding a rhythm and focusing on fine details to keep moving. He also knows all too well the consequences of falling out of rhythm. A career Air Force man, Dave kept in shape and always aced his annual fitness test - until he was allowed to pursue a degree and sat i...
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"Balls and Strikes" March 2014 Athlete of the Month

Samuel "Doc" Morton, 76, of Newport News, Virginia Bowlers at the National Senior Games in Cleveland last year may have admired one athlete with a different approach. Samuel "Doc" Morton, 76, of Newport News, Virginia, took on all comers from a wheelchair. However, none would have guessed what a gifted athlete and true hero was in their midst. Sam always excelled at every sport. He played "Bowling...
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Debbie Klecan,  64, Edgewood, New Mexico Debbie Klecan is a multi-talented person - masters swimmer, photographer, illustrator, art teacher ...
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