Inspiration from Ageless Athletes

Fitness, Healthy Aging, News and Advice
on August 1, 2009

In Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete, author Lee Bergquist profiles men and women in their 40s to 70s who are still competing—and winning—in all kinds of sports. Even if your athletic aspirations are more on the order of walking around the block than setting world records, these quotes will give you goosebumps (and a nudge to get out there and play yourself!).

"She may not peak until she is 70."—Trainer Tony Christensen, speaking of Faith Ireland, who started powerlifting at the age of 57

"If I have any good sense, I will keep competing until I'm 100. There is no downside to this." —Greg Shaw, who re-entered competitive swimming at age 48 after a 30-year break

"As long as I keep beating someone, coming in ahead of someone who is younger than I am, I'll keep skiing." —Barbara Klippel, 76, the oldest woman to complete the 33.5-mile American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing race