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Some Tidbits From The National Senior Games

July 15, 2023 2 min read 1 Comment

Some Tidbits From The National Senior Games

It's not like some early December NBA games where there is a free path to the basket. The Geezer Jocks stick their nose in there to take away a clean shot. Photo Courtesy National Senior Games.

 

Some quick notes from the National Senior Games:

*Californian Colleen Barney, 57, smoked the field in the 200 (W55-59). Following a sporadic 1½ years after tearing her hamstring tendon halfway off the bone, Barney pumped her fist as she glanced at the board and the 29.83. There was a lot of daylight between her and second-place finisher Christy Marinaro (32.48).

*Barney, Andrea Collier, Neringa Jakstiene, and Joy Upshaw set the National Senior Games record in the 4x100 in W55 at 56.04.

*Barbara Warren of Charleston, West Virginia (W75-79) competed with a new left knee just four months after surgery and was a delightful presence all around the track this week.

*A man in the 80-84 800 meter race fell flat on the track 60 meters from the finish line Thursday. He picked himself up and finished the race before the medical team put him on a stretcher at the finish. He left the medical tent smiling and hitched a ride out of there on a golf cart.

*The Celebration of Athletes was hosted by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night with a Parade of Athletes before the Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants game. 

*Here is a link to the economic impact of the games on Pittsburgh: $30 million.

*A lot of grumbling here about how hard it is to get around Pittsburgh. The big city has a lot to do culturally, but my feeling is a lot of athletes want to compete, not sight-see.Traffic will be an issue around the pool this weekend with a key parking deck closed. But...it's a great town.


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Mike Lavigna
Mike Lavigna

July 15, 2023

Amen, great comraderie and new friends.Met a great 77 year old athlete from Oklahoma ,A native American with Cherokee roots He rode his bicycle from Oklahoma to Pittsburgh in 16 days. 1,100 miles! On Monday he will compete in the 40 K race in Pittsburgh!! Go Mr Simeon Gibson!!

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