With a combined age of more than 360, John Corse, Ed Graves, Betty Lorenzi and Joan Campbell had the chance to smash two things: a swimming world record and expectations for what 80- and 90-year-olds can do.
Ed Whitlock didn’t just break running world records — he forever rewrote the history books. After taking up running again in his 40s, he went on to set new records in his 70s and 80s. In one of his final interviews, Ed talks to Growing Bolder about his passion for running and why he continued to do it against medical advice.
Siphiwe Baleka is considered the fitness guru of the trucking industry, and has successfully created a model for making one the unhealthiest occupations in America a leader and role model when it comes to wellness for employees. He’s shaping the future for long haul truckers, but he had to look to his own past for inspiration.
Meet the man who has just set a new world record in powerlifting, at the age of 73! Not only is Ray Fougnier inspiring people of a certain age, this proud member of the Oneida Indian Nation is inspiring his fellow Native Americans.
Rowdy Gaines is, in a single word, inspirational. He’s also humble and would prefer that the spotlight be pointed at just about anyone other than himself. That’s why when we awarded Rowdy Gaines with the Growing Bolder Inspirational Award at his annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic swim meet, we weren’t at all surprised that he graciously accepted and almost immediately went back to doing what he does best: helping to motivate, encourage and celebrate everyone around him.
While Graham Johnston might be known as “the old fossil,” he is anything but petrified or prehistoric. This 85-year-old might be called one of the world’s foremost “aqua-tourists.” We catch him action at a swim meet, where he not only sets even more world records, he shares tales from the road and his fascinating life.
Ann Kahl is the kind of friend we all need. She’s an encouraging, supportive and inspirational pied piper of health and fitness who believes we’re all over-medicated and under-trained. She’ll do just about anything to help anyone live a healthier and more active life. And oh yeah, she just happens to be 87 years old.
Before he left Rio de Janeiro following an historic Olympics for Team USA, three-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time NBC Olympics swimming broadcaster Rowdy Gaines checks in with Growing Bolder one final time to share his thoughts on the Games.
Long-time NBC swimming analyst, three-time Olympic gold medalist and Growing Bolder contributor Rowdy Gaines checks in with us via Skype from Rio to preview this summer’s games.
NFL great Reggie Williams built a career on overcoming long odds and his retirement from football has been one major health challenge after another. But he’s still here, still fighting and gathering the strength for what may be his biggest challenge yet.