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Marc Sokolik Keeps On Winning Medals

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Marc Sokolik has done it again. In his latest St. Louis, Memorial Day, Senior Olympics competition, with 1800 competitors, he placed sixth or better in all 11 events he entered: four golds, two bronzes, one fourth, two fifths, two sixths. I love the different events he competes in. I mean this guy is 71 years old. I bet he could beat many people half his age! You can read about him and his earlier achievements by typing his name in the search box above right.

BENCH PRESS GOLD MEDAL…145 LB
SOCCER KICK GOLD MEDAL…6 OUT OF TEN KICKS
FOOTBALL ACCURACY GOLD MEDAL…51 POINTS
BASKETBALL AROUND THE WORLD GOLD MEDAL…11 OUT OF 15 SHOTS
SHOT PUT BRONZE MEDAL…30′ 10″
FOOTBALL FOR DISTANCE BRONZE MEDAL…33 YARDS
FOOTBALL PUNT FOR DISTANCE 4TH PLACE…33 YARDS
BASKETBALL FREE THROWS… 5TH PLACE
SOFTBALL DISTANCE…5TH PLACE 112′
SOFTBALL ACCURACY…6TH PLACE
FOOTBALL KICKOFF FOR DISTANCE 6TH PLACE

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Marc Sokolik Wins Six Medals At St. Louis Senior Olympics

Marc Sokolik throws a silver medal shot put—5/30/11

Marc Sokolik continues to amaze us all. He is 70 and a terrific life-long athlete. You can read about him in earlier stories , as he continues to compete in various Senior Olympics. Here are his latest results from St. Louis.

IRA,
YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS ONE, BUT I ENTERED 9 EVENTS AND MEDALED IN 6 OF THEM.
I AM ATTACHING A SHOT PUT AND MEDAL PICTURE ALONG WITH THE EVENT LIST.

MAY 28, 2011
STL SR. OLYMPICS
BRONZE BASKETBALL
16 OF 20 FREE THROWS

MAY 29, 2011
STL SR. OLYMPICS
SILVER 99′ FOOTBALL DISTANCE

MAY 29, 2011
STL SR. OLYMPICS
GOLD BENCH PRESS 150#

MAY 29, 2011
STL SR. OLYMPICS
GOLD SOCCER KICK
6 OUT OF 10 KICKS

MAY 29, 2011
STL SR. OLYMPICS
BRONZE 118′ SOFTBALL DISTANCE

MAY 30, 2011
STL SR. OLYMPICS
SILVER SHOT PUT 33′ 2″

he won six medals at the St. Louis Senior Olympics—5/11

When I asked him how many people compete in each event, which is sub-divided by age groups, he wrote me that “EVERY EVENT IS DIFFERENT. ON AVERAGE THERE ARE ALWAYS 10-12 COMPETITORS, BUT AS THE AGE ADVANCES THE NUMBER DIMINISHES. THAT IS WHY I JOKE ABOUT WINNING (MORE GOLDS) AT 80.” He also said that this was the first year he has competed in the bench press, and he won a gold in that event. Watta Guy!!!

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Ken Kantrowitz Has Been Swimming For Life

Ken Kantrowitz, age 70, is one of those fortunate individuals who discover a passion that embraces him for life: he loves swimming in pools, has been competing on and off for 55 years, and still practices eagerly many many days each week. Inspired by this web site to describe his love affair, he has written a detailed narrative that shows his determination and what it took to make the most of his talents. Especially interesting is that after college and daily swimming, Ken gained 60 pounds due to the lack of intense exercise. Then at age 48, he returned to the pool and the regular exuberant workouts he loves, and much of the weight dissolved in the water. Most years he swims 5-10,000 yards (3-6 miles) a week and 300 to 350,000 yards a year. His best year was 504,000 yards (306 miles).

Ken's specialty was the butterfly—1996

Ken's specialty was the butterfly—1996

SWIMMING FOR LIFE: MY SWIMMING CAREER
by Ken Kantrowitz

CHAPTER ONE: ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL DAYS
When I was six years old, in 1946, my dad took me to a swimming pool and saw that I received lessons to learn how to swim. My teacher, according to my dad, was Jack Morris (more about him later.) Today I would call what I learned to do “swimming doggie-paddle.” It was one step beyond learning to float. I could keep my head above the water level, move my arms and legs and very slowly get from one spot in the pool to another. During the next few summers I went to summer camp and had some more exposure to what a person could do in the water. I was very comfortable in this element and usually had to be bribed to get out of the pool or lake. Little did I know in those days in elementary school that my prime passion at the age of 70, in 2010, would be working out in a swimming pool three or four times a week for an hour and a half each session, and swimming competitively.

In 1954, in the ninth grade, when I was fourteen years old, I wanted to play for a high school varsity team. I was, and still am, a spectator and participation sports nut. Through grade school and junior high, I played softball, baseball, touch football, and basketball. These sports and several others were played on the street in pick-up games, at the Pittsburgh Oakland “Y” on Saturdays and during the summer school vacation, and in a league or two, whenever. Getting into a swimming pool, a lake or an ocean was an afterthought most of the time when the opportunity arose or if we wanted to cool down after doing other exercising land activities or sports. In most sports, I was decent or better than average, but I didn’t feel that I was good enough to make the starting high school varsity in any particular sport.

Ken (far left) and friends—

Ken (far left) and friends—4/94

I knew how to swim I thought— but not really! “Doggie-paddle” wasn’t VARSITY SWIMMING. So in ninth grade, I tried out for the Varsity Swimming team. Coach Claude Sofield, who was a junior and senior high school physical education instructor, coached the Taylor Allderdice High School Varsity Swimming Team in Pittsburgh. Al Wiggins, who swam for Allderdice and the Oakland “Y,” was one of the premier swimmers in high school and in the state and the country. Al set the state record for Pennsylvania in the 100-yard backstroke and eventually was an All-American at National Champion Ohio State and later a top medalist in the Olympics. It was an understatement to say that he was my HERO. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marc Sokolik: “Like The Energizer Bunny, I Just Keep Throwing The Shot”

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

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