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Marc Sokilik Is Still Standing Tall On The Winner’s Podium

IRA—FINALLY GOT THE PICTURES OF ARIZONA’S SHORTEST SHOT PUTTER WINNING A BRONZE MEDAL AT THE SENIOR OLYMPICS IN FEB 2010. STILL THROWING IN THE 65-69 AGE GROUP UNTIL DECEMBER, AND ONLY 10 YEARS AWAY FROM THAT GOLD MEDAL AT, 80 WHEN I WILL BE THE ONLY COMPETITOR.

You can learn more about Marc’s sports background and success by visiting this site. He has been putting the shot since junior high school, and has been winning Senior Olympic medals since 2005. I asked Marc how many competitors are left standing now, and how far he threw that little lead globe? Here is his response. What a fantastic athlete this guy is. There aren’t many like him!

OKAY I AM GOING TO BRING YOU UP TO DATE:
IN THE FEB ARIZONA SR OLYMPICS I THREW THE SHOT PUT 31′ 5″
AND GOT THE BRONZE OUT OF 13 COMPETITORS IN MY AGE GROUP.
IT WAS A NATIONAL SR OLYMPICS QUALIFYING MEET SO THE COMPETITION
WAS A LITTLE STIFFER.

It sure was tougher. Last Senior Olympics competition in Arizona, he came in second with a 31 foot throw, and the gold medal went to someone who threw the shot just 31’1″

THIS PAST MEMORIAL DAY I ENTERED THE ST. LOUIS SR OLYMPICS AND DID NOT
GET ONE MEDAL, BUT HERE IS HOW I DID

SHOT PUT 4TH PLACE 31′ 5 1/2″ 13 COMPETITORS
FOOTBALL DISTANCE 33 YARDS 5TH PLACE 45 COMPETITORS
FOOTBALL ACCURACY 6 OUT OF 10 THROWS 5TH PLACE 45 COMPETITORS
SOFTBALL DISTANCE 38 YARDS 6TH PLACE 45 COMPETITORS
SOFTBALL ACCURACY 6 OUT OF 10 THROWS 5TH PLACE 45 COMPETITORS
AROUND THE WORLD BASKETBALL 6 OUT OF 15 OUT OF THE MONEY

NOT BAD FOR A BAD NECK AND BACK AND A PARTIALLY TORN ROTATOR
CUFF, BUT I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR WHEN I MOVE UP TO 70-74
AND BECOME THE YOUNGEST IN MY AGE GROUP.

Marc Sokolick lets another shotput fly—2/10


Another bronze for Marc at the Arizona Senior Olympics—2/10

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Marc Sokolik Earns Another Medal Shotputting At The Senior Olympics In Arizona

[Back on July 3rd(https://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.

Marc Sokolik wins the silver at the 2009 Sr. Olympics in Arizona

Marc Sokolik wins the silver at the 2009 Sr. Olympics in Arizona

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:

Marc Sokolik keeps throwing the shot put

Marc Sokolik keeps throwing the shot put

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.

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