Who says athletes have to be young to perform well? This 100-year-old puts to rest the old myth that aging is a bad thing.
Remember when Sarah Palin talked about "Death Panels" in reference to Obama’s health care overhaul plan? Maybe she came upon that name after hearing Obama describe their function, how they would operate and who they would target. One such example was during an ABC National Town Hall meeting on June 24, 2009. One of the questions was about a 100-year-old woman who received a pacemaker. One woman in the audience pointed out to Obama that her grandmother had badly needed a pacemaker, but had been turned down by a doctor because of her age. A second doctor, noting the patient’s alertness, zest for life and generally youthful “spirit,” inserted the pacemaker despite her advanced age. Her symptoms resolved, and her grandmother continues to do well 5 years later. The question for Obama was: "Under an Obama health care system, will an elderly person’s general state of health, and her “spirit,” be taken into account when making medical decisions, or will these decisions be made according to age only?"
Obama’s answer was clear. "It is really not feasible", he indicated, "to take ‘spirit’ into account. We are going to make medical decisions based on objective evidence, and not subjective impressions. If the evidence shows that some form of treatment is not necessarily going to improve care, then at least we can let the doctors know that—you know what?—maybe this isn’t going to help; maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the pain pill.” What???!!!
If she was smart, this now 105-year-old grandmother better have her 5-year-old pacemaker replaced before Obama’s health care plan becomes law because pacemakers usually need to be replaced every 6 to 7 years.
Now back to the 100-year-old record breaker…
Here’s a picture of Ruth Frith, and I added a fitting caption to this pic (story follows)…
"Take that, Obama!"
If I’d known how old I was going to be, I’d have taken better care of myself.
—Adolph Zukor, on approaching his 100th birthday
Success: Ruth Frith celebrated shot out victory at the age of 100
However as soon as she entered the Olympic Athletic Centre she was in the zone, shuffling her feet, stretching her muscles and sussing out the conditions.
Female athlete sets new shot put record at age 100
Reuters – Ruth Frith, a 100-year-old from Australia, competes in the women’s 75+ shot put final at the World Masters Games in Sidney
SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – The oldest female athlete at the World Masters Games in Sydney has broken a world record in the shot put — at the age of 100.
All eyes were on Ruth Frith, from Brisbane, as she arrived for day two of the World Masters Games, hoping to win gold in the shot put and feeling pretty confident as she was the only competitor in the over-100s category.
But her 4.07 metre (13 ft 4.2 in) throw on Sunday didn’t just win her gold, but also broke a world record.
"As long as I didn’t foul I was going to win it," Frith told Reuters Television.
The great-grandmother is also a keen hammer and javelin thrower and believes other pensioners should follow her example.
Frith trains five days a week, regularly lifting 35 kg (77 lb) weights. She doesn’t drink or smoke and she doesn’t eat vegetables either, claiming she hasn’t liked them since she was young.
Frith was clearly a star of the World Masters Games — an event which attracts about 28,000 athletes — and despite her age, said she has no plans to retire just yet. She contested her first World Masters Athletics Championships at the age of 74.
The World Masters Games have been held every four years since they began in Toronto in 1985, according to their website (www.2009worldmasters.com)
Open to people of all abilities and most ages, the games are the world’s largest multi-sport event, attracting twice as many competitors than the Olympic Games, the website said.
The main difference between the World Masters Games and the Olympic Games is that World Masters are open to people of all abilities rather than just elite athletes, with the emphasis on participation, the website added.