This week, we meet speed skater Melissa Koenig. Melissa discovered speed skating first as a spectator. After watching her son at his speed skating practice when he was just six years old, she realized it was a challenge she wanted to take on, as well. Melissa started speed skating at age 37 and has since skated in multiple national championships and even holds a national record. In this interview, Melissa talks about the challenges of skating against younger competitors, the highs and lows of her athletic journey, and how speed skating has allowed her to develop a unique bond with her now adult son.
SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - MELISSA KOENIG
Sport: Speed skating
Quote: "Have the courage to try something new."
EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE - BARBARA SAZAMA
Each week, we start our show with our featured EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE. In this segment, we shine the spotlight on athletes over age 40 from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels.. Our Everyday Seasoned Athletes will be sharing why they do what they do and what they’ve learned along the way – all in their own words. This week, we feature roller derby skater Barbara Sazama aka Sweet Home AlaBAMMya.
EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE STATS: BARBARA SAZAMA
Sport: Roller derby
Derby name: Sweet Home AlaBAMMya
Quote: "To become a Seasoned Athlete you have to start. You have to listen to people who know, and try things you don't think you can do."