The Age of Champions tells us the inspiring stories of athletes who train and compete in various sports for the National Senior Games. These competitors take us on a compelling journey as we watch them go through life’s ups and downs on their way to the games. One character loses a spouse, and another is diagnosed with cancer, but despite these hurdles we watch them press on to achieve their goals. They motivate us as we see them shed blood, sweat, and tears to chase their dreams. The documentary will be available to see on PBS television starting July 2013.
One of the athletes featured is Roger Gentilhomme, a 100-year-old tennis player who always wanted to live to 100. Now that he’s met his goal, he feels like he’s got a new lease on life. He said to a friend of his, “I can’t wait until i’m 100, so I can compete in the 100 and older group.”
The Tigerettes basketball team has six women over the age of 65. These women have won the US Nationals 5 times and are determined to win again against their rivals. These grandmothers feel like they are the greatest senior women’s basketball team in the United States.
Bradford and John Tatum are 88 and 90-year-old brothers who swim competitively. They started swimming in the 1920s, at a time when segregation was prominent in their community, and they were banned from pools that were for “white-people only”. Since there wasn’t a pool for blacks, they swam in reflecting pool at the Lincoln memorial, the river or the canal in Georgetown. During the course of the film, Bradford discovers he has cancer but postpones surgery until after the games.
86-year-old Adolf Hoffman works to break the pole vaulting record for 85-89 year olds and seeks to match his 4 gold medals he won the previous year. Adolf’s trainer says, “He responds well to competition, and is capable of pushing the previous world record, and jumping 8ft.” His brother Glen cheers him on, and is hoping to watch his brother break a world record.
The athletes shed blood, sweat and tears as they chase their dreams. The film inspires people of all ages to be healthier, happier, and more active. Don’t miss this motivational documentary airing on PBS soon. Check your local listings for the airing date.
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