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The Wonder Years: Portraits of Athletes Who Never Slow Down Hardcover – July 1, 2009
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About the Author
Rick Rickman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and the official photographer of the Senior Games. He lives in Southern California.
Donna Wares is an author and editor living in Southern California.
Peggy Fleming is a world class figure skater and the only American to bring home a gold medal from the 1968 Winter Olympics. She advocates for numerous causes from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm a swimmer who often feels really guilty about not pursuing the sport more aggressively while I was in high school and college- I feel as if I missed my chance to compete and excel in the sport. Reading this book made me realize that there is still *so much* time for me to pursue my dreams of becoming a good athlete. It also reminded me it's NEVER too late to follow a dream.
Wonderful book for anyone, especially those of us who feel as if we missed our chance to make a dream come true.
"The Wonder Years: Portraits of Athletes Who Never Slow Down" is an inspiring book that features the story of several older athletes such as Janet Freeman, a track competitor; Eve Fletcher who started in surfing in 1957 continues to do so today; Granville Coggs who competes at the 1500-meter run at the Senior Games; Sister Madonna Buder at 78 continues to swim and cycle; couple Bill Cunningham and Jane Hesselgesser who both are body builders; an aquatic dancing team known as the Aquadettes who range from ages 54 through 93 and many, many more athletes who have never slowed down.
Also, included is photography from the National Senior Games featuring a few of the thousand of athletes all over the United States who take part in the largest sporting event for people over 50 and also photography of people over 50 who take part in various sports such as swimming, ice hockey, track and field, basketball, softball and many other competitive sports.
"The Wonder Years: Portraits of Athletes Who Never Slow Down" captures the passion for the sport and the competitiveness with the athletes. Donna Wares does a very good job in capturing the drive of each athlete featured and of course, Rick Rickman's photography is just beautiful, inspiring and wonderful.
For those who have been inspired by these athletes or one that wants that additional inspiration to get out there and take part in a sport, this book shows that even after the age of 50, there are many out there who are driven and passionate about pushing themselves to a higher level and enjoying themselves. Definitely a book worth recommending!
For example, the Aquadettes are a group of women ranging in age from 54 to 93, some of them with hip replacements, bad knees, back troubles and one with multiple sclerosis, doing water ballet before sell-out crowds in Southern California at their senior community. Or Sister Madonna, a 78 year old nun who has tackled the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon more than 20 times. And what about Dr. Granville Coggs who's a radiologist and in his 80's but still runs every day and participates in the National Senior games every two years?
There are a wide variety of sports represented in this book, everything from archery to cattle driving to surfing. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Rick Rickman really captures the spirit of these people with beautiful full color photos. It's quickly become my No. 1 coffee table book and a book which I'll be ordering as a gift for friends, especially those hitting one of the 'big ones' in birthdays. I look at this book and I'm ready to move! if they can do this, so can I!
This book is a true inspiration to those of us baby boomers who need to reinvent ourselves, to look to new role models who are out there challenging themselves every day, and keeping their heath and stamina and feeling good about themselves, rather than hunkering down in an easy chair and growing old. Just because we accumulate a few years under our belts doesn't mean we have to look or act that way and the people in this book prove it. It's time to get up off the couch and kick some butt! And this book is a good place to start.