Senior Olympics

My new life goal is to win a gold medal at the Senior Olympics.

For those of you who have never heard of the Senior Olympics before, you are not alone. I had never heard of it either until a friend told me about it recently. She called and said that she just heard of an Olympics for people in their 70s and 80s and that it made her think of me.

I’m not sure why a senior citizen sporting event would remind her of me, but maybe it has something to do with my love for hard candies or the fact that I am always calling people whippersnappers.

Whatever the reason, I became hooked as soon as I learned about this event.

To give you some background, the Senior Olympics, or National Senior Games, is a biennial competition for men and women ages 50+, featuring 19 different sports. The sports range from shuffleboard and swimming to pickleball and picking up your grandkids after school (okay, so I made that last one up, but the other three are real).

I’ve read that in the real Olympics, organizers pass out over 100,000 condoms in the Olympic Village. What do you think they hand out at the Senior Olympic village? My guess is Viagra, arthritis medication and Bing Crosby cassette tapes.

On a serious note, I do think the Senior Games are a great thing. I am all for anything that encourages people to stay healthy and active late into their lives.

I read an article about the women’s basketball 75-to-79 age division and those ladies are awesome. They are fighting shingles and Parkinson’s to participate in the event. They are an inspiration to people of any age. Plus, they have fantastic team names like San Diego Class Act and She-Ca-Go.

When I was younger I always wanted to win a gold medal. Once I came to the realization that I was short, slow and awkward I thought my goal was history. But maybe I shouldn’t give up just yet. Only 23 more years until I am eligible for the Senior Olympics. I better get to work!

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