Marc Sokolik of St. Louis, Missouri has thrived on sports his whole life:

I STARTED THROWING THE SHOT PUT AT NAUTILUS JR HIGH (MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA), BUT IN HIGH SCHOOL AT 5’6″ AND 160 LBS, I WAS TOLD I WAS TOO SMALL TO THROW THE SHOT.

Marc Sokolik gives his all as he puts the shot—5/08

Marc Sokolik gives his all as he puts the shot—5/08

I HAVE STAYED INVOLVED IN SPORTS AND FITNESS THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. IN MY THIRTIES I PLAYED IN AN UNDER-SIX-FOOT BASKETBALL LEAGUE UNTIL I WAS 40 AND ALSO PLAYED QUARTERBACK IN A MEN’S FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE UNTIL I WAS 36.

ALL THE WHILE FOR RECREATION I HAVE GONE IN THE BACKYARD AND THROWN THE SHOT PUT JUST FOR FUN AND THE CHALLENGE OF SEEING HOW FAR I COULD THROW IT.

IN THE EARLY NINETIES WHEN I TURNED 50, ST. LOUIS CREATED A SENIOR OLYMPICS (NOT SURE WHAT YEAR), AND I STARTED THROWING THE SHOT COMPETITIVELY ALONG WITH THE OTHER EVENTS, AND I HAVE JUST KEPT DOING IT. I DO NOT COMPETE AGAINST THE OTHERS, AS THEY ARE ALL BIGGER THAN ME STILL, BUT AS THEY DIE, BECOME UNABLE TO COMPETE OR JUST DROP OUT, LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY, I JUST KEEP THROWING… AND BY THE TIME I AM 80 GOD WILLING, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE THE ONLY ENTRANT AND GET A GOLD MEDAL.

I DO WORK OUT DAILY DOING CARDIOVASCULAR AS A PART OF MY ROUTINE, AND THEN I MIX IN SMALL TO MEDIUM WEIGHTS FOR MUSCLE TONE AND STRENGTH OF WHICH I HAVE NEITHER.

I HAVE ATTACHED SOME PICTURES FR0M BOTH THE ARIZONA AND ST. LOUIS SENIOR OLYMPICS. IN BOTH OF THESE I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SCORE BRONZE MEDALS WITH THROWS FOR 30-32′ TAKE CARE AND THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST.

Marc Sokolik (rt) takes the Bronze medal at the 2005 Arizona Senior Olympics

Marc Sokolik (rt) takes the Bronze medal at the 2005 Arizona Senior Olympics