This week we talk to Liz Sharp of Monroe, Louisiana. Growing up, she dreamed of competing in the Olympics in Track and Field, and at one point even qualified for the Olympic Trials. But a freak accident derailed that dream. Now, over forty years later, she's been able to rekindle she athletic spirit via the Senior Games, earning three medals in the 2017 National Senior Games, proving that with a little faith and determination, it's never too late to achieve your dreams.
In the episode, we discuss training for the Olympics at a time when there was no path for women, how she got back into track and field in her sixties after that experience, and she gives advice to others who may be considering trying a new sport at a more advanced age.
SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - LIZ SHARP
Sport: Track and Field
Quote: "You cannot be allowed to talk yourself out of the dream that's in your heart. Not until you make a 100% effort to pursue it."
EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE - RUTHIE LOFFI
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 ultra runner Ruthie Loffi.
EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - RUTHIE LOFFI
Sport: Ultra running
Quote: "I like to say that DNF is a Did Not Fail."