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San Diego Senior Olympians Carry The Torch

Aired 9/27/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

A group of seniors prove getting old doesn't mean you can't compete in sports.


As the middle-aged begin to feel an ache here and a pain there, the temptation is to give up on strenuous activity. You might think that kind of thing is best left to the young, the age-range of kids who are at their peak, like Olympics athletes.

Right now in San Diego, we're learning there are all types of Olympic athletes - San Diego's Senior Olympics is underway.

San Diego Splash Women's Basketball Team
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Above: San Diego Splash Women's Basketball Team

Anyone over 50 can participate, but many of the most enthusiastic athletes are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. The activities of senior Olympians is documented in a new film 'Age of Champions' premiering in San Diego this weekend.

Senior Olympians
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Above: Senior Olympians


Cori Thompson - captain, San Diego Splash, women's basketball team

Audrey (Toodie) Wrighte - team member, San Diego Splash

Christopher Rufo - director, Age of Champions

Age of Champions

'Age of Champions' screening is Saturday, October 1st at 12:30pm at the San Diego Film Festival's Gaslamp Theater. Tickets are free to AARP members, contact your local AARP.


San Diego Splash Take Gold - 2009

San Diego Splash women's senior basketball team take the gold in 2009

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jwongcsp | September 27, 2011 at 3:05 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm 56 and competed in many Senior Olympic events since I turned 50. Most of the events have been swimming events. Last weekend I swam the 50 yard back stroke and 500 yard free style. I earned a metal in the back stroke because only one other person was in the same age group as me. HA! The annual swim meet motivates me to work out and stay fit. It's paid off because I'm able to fight off type 2 diabetes with out medication. I do it with a healthy diet & LOTS of exercise.

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