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Track and field star granny still shattering records

Amazing Vermont athlete just got started in her 60s.
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Chiara O. Scuri, July 27, 2013 5:15:14 AM

What’s that about being too old to engage in high-impact physical activity?

Flo Meiler can’t hear you over the thwack of her pole vault.

As CNN reports, the 79-year-old great-grandmother is still setting records in her age group as a track and field star and she has no plans to slow down.

Particularly since she only got started at the ripe young age of 65.

The Shelburne, Vermont woman now boasts 15 world records and 12 national records to her name, including the 200-m hurdles, discus, and hammer throw.

You’d think an athlete of her calibre would have been honing those chops her entire life, Meiler tells the news network she’s barely begun.

“I think I’ve been pretty active, but more active since I took up track and field at age 60. Believe it or not, I’m more active now,” she says.

It was a tennis doubles friend who first encouraged the grandmother of five to give track and field a shot. She mentioned that track participants were “desperately needed” and that’s all it took to get this dynamo going.

Meiler trains year-round, including Vermont’s cold winters, and on days she’s not at the track she’s keeping up her core strength at the gym.

“People think I’m a little nuts, I think,” she chuckles. “[But] I always like challenges, and I said, ‘Boy, this looks like a real good challenge for me.’ That’s why I took it up. It’s the most difficult sport, and it’s also the most challenging. It’s the most rewarding, I think.”


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