A viral video may have focused on a relay team at a swimming meet, but it wasn’t really about swimming. In fact, it wasn’t really about sports. It was about five qualities necessary to enjoy a high quality of life into our 80s, 90s, and beyond.
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.
With her rainbow swim cap and megawatt smile, swimmer Charlotte Sanddal is hard to miss in the pool. Then when you discover she’s not only a national champion, she’s also 94 years old, you realize you’re never going to forget her.
John Seevers was born with birth defects in both legs. A series of surgeries led doctors to perform a double rotation — turning his forward-facing feet backwards. He doesn’t want you to feel sorry for him or to tell him to “hang in there.” He wants you to watch him racing hard against able-bodied swimmers, setting records in the process, and realize that we’re all capable of standing tall.
In his seven years at the helm of U.S. Masters Swimming, outgoing executive director Rob Butcher has helped create a robust organization to support thousands of masters swimmers. His reason for leaving an organization and mission he loves is deeply personal. And it’s why he’s been awarded the 2015 Growing Bolder Inspiration Award.
Are you one of the nearly 40 percent of adults who can’t swim the length a pool? U.S. Masters Swimming wants to help you learn to swim at any age. Not only could it lead to your new favorite way to get and stay fit, it just might save your life.
Successful aging is all about quality of life. A group of four friends from Jacksonville, Florida show how it’s done. In their 90s, they’re still working, traveling, laughing, loving life and setting world records.
Jeff Farrell is the fastest 75+ swimmer who has ever lived but it’s what he did at the 1960 Olympics that is still making waves. He shares the inside story of one of the most amazing stories in Olympic history.
Just six days before the 1960 U.S. swimming Olympic trials, one of the favorites to win gold in Rome underwent an emergency appendectomy. Doctors said his Olympic dreams were over. They didn’t know Jeff Farrell.
Diann Uustal survived two horrendous accidents and both times, doctors said she most likely would never walk again. But her recovery has been nothing short of amazing. We talk to the world-record holding swimmer about the art of the comeback.