It's Never Too Late: Personal Stories of Staying Young Through Sports

It's Never Too Late: Personal Stories of Staying Young Through Sports

by Gail Waesche Kislevitz
     
 

From the editor of the extremely popular First Marathons comes this collection of oral histories from people who discovered their passion for sports late in life. Here are extraordinary, inspiring stories that truly show it is never too late to start, to find your athletic bliss and follow it. These accounts relate the transforming joy, the outright ecstasy

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From the editor of the extremely popular First Marathons comes this collection of oral histories from people who discovered their passion for sports late in life. Here are extraordinary, inspiring stories that truly show it is never too late to start, to find your athletic bliss and follow it. These accounts relate the transforming joy, the outright ecstasy (and the innumerable aches and pains) of being a late bloomer in sports-and how sports keep these people vigorous, mentally acute, and fully alive.

These profiles include an eighty-year-old woman who swims a mile each day; a bicycle racer in his seventies; a sea-kayaker in his eighties; a ninety-one-year-old runner; a seventy-five-year-old tennis champ who beats men twenty years younger than him; and many more. Each one is eloquent on the subject of how he or she came to discover sports, and in the story of each person's pre-sports life we see a beautiful cross-section of society: the office workers and laborers of the greatest generation, all set to their tasks and set to raising families, putting off athletics for another day. Their blooming as athletes late in life is in each case a source of wonder to them, a treasure trove they're only too happy to share.

As with First Marathons, this book is a marvelous slice of life, and testament to the powers of all humanity to strive and succeed. Anyone looking for the courage to start will find it here. This book will be voraciously read by Baby Boomers nearing retirement.

Gail Kislevitz is the author of First Marathons: Personal Encounters with the 26.2-mile Monster. She writes for numerous magazines, including Runner's World. She lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891369216
Publisher:
Breakaway Books
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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-Robert Beal, 72-year-old cyclist

"Things hurt. So what? A lot of people like to sit around moaning and groaning about what hurts but if they just got up and did something they wouldn't have time to think about that stuff."
-Ivy Browne, 85-year-old swimmer
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-Pierre DelFausse, 82-year-old runner
"I love the game of tennis. It makes me smile and when I stop smiling I'll know it's over."
-Val Orosz, 79-year-old tennis player
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-Richard Kane, 88-year-old swimmer
"At seventy-five years of age, I am not ready to say I am old yet. We are here for such a limited time; it would be a crime not to make total use of oneself. I'm not sure runners live longer, but we certainly have a wonderful quality of life."
-John Keston, 75-year-old runner

"My top priority in life is my workout every day. Sure it's hard to get out of a hot bed next to a hot woman at four-thirty in the morning. I hate it but I do it. I just don't listen to that little devil standing on my shoulder telling me to stay in bed."
-Jack LaLanne, 84-year-old fitness guru

"All it takes is a little bit of willpower. I realized I felt better closing in on seventy than I ever did at fifty-five."
-Sis Warnke, 82-year-old runner

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