[Back on July 3rd(http://www.irasabs.com/?p=1037), 69-year-old Marc Sokolik described how he is still throwing the shot put since he started in junior high school and had won a bronze medal at the 2005 Senior Olympics. At the recent Senior Olympics in Arizona, he competed again and sent in this proud report.]
I JUST RECEIVED THE SILVER MEDAL. I WAS IN MY AGE GROUP OF 13 SENIORS AND WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO PLACE SECOND WITH A THROW OF 31′. IRONICALLY THE GOLD MEDAL THROW WAS 31′ 1,” SO I ONLY MISSED THE GOLD BY AN INCH.
I DON’T THROW COMPETITIVELY AGAIN UNTIL FEBRUARY.
Congratulations, Marc. Go for that one inch increase! Along with his latest smiling award-winner photo, here is an earlier one from the previous post. I also have to include a key excerpt from his story that really describes his brilliant strategy:
AT 5′6″ AND 160 LBS, I WAS TOLD I WAS TOO SMALL TO THROW THE SHOT…IN THE EARLY NINETIES WHEN I TURNED 50… I STARTED THROWING THE SHOT COMPETITIVELY… 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.