The National Senior Games or "Senior Olympics" is a sports competition for seniors from the United States. It is a multi-sport event specifically devoted to adults aged 50+ (events are divided into age groups with five years interval). It is composed of regional competitions held yearly in all American states. Every two years, a nationwide event is held in one state (the National Senior Olympics).
The first Senior Olympics took place in 1987 and attracted 2,500 people. Recent attendance (Louisville, 2007) had over 10,000 competitors and 20,000 spectators, with oldest competitors being over 100 years old.
This national event is supported by the National Senior Games Association.
The World Senior Games is an international senior sports competition begun in 1987. The 27 athletic events held in Southern Utah begin with the torch lighting in traditional Olympic fashion during the Opening Ceremonies. The "HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES" has become a renowned event among serious athletes from Japan to Russia and from Alaska to Australia. Athletes of the United States and foreign countries participate, and peace among nations is fostered through friendly high level competition.
- National Senior Games Association
- World Senior Games
- Dates and locations of previous Senior Games
- Deborah Wheeler, Local octogenarian wins in Olympics, The Walton Sun, July 5, 2007
- Dan Farrand, Golden memories: Local athletes win medals at Senior Olympics, NewsTimesLive, Jul 06 2007
- Associated Press, Gray grit: boom times for Senior Games, July 4, 2007
- Masters Events
- PBS Documentary, Age of Champions
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