Jerrie Lou Franse

Growing up with three older brothers – her seniors by 7, 9 and 11 years respectfully – it’s no surprise that Jerrie Lou Franse (pictured left), 76, has been participating in the Senior Olympics for two decades. “I was a tomboy, and I played everything,” Franse said. “I played football with (my brothers), softball, basketball, […]

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Ann Aceves

Ann Aceves will be 79 on her next birthday. This month, she will participate in six events at the Senior Olympics. “Even though the Senior Olympics is based in Roswell, this is the first year we will hold a competition in Roswell,” Aceves said. She is a swimmer and has been most of her life. […]

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Anita Suina

Once Anita Suina tried Senior Olympics 26 years ago, she was hooked. “I really didn’t know anything about it until I went down to Las Cruces,” Suina said. “It really amazed me at the number of sports and what you can do.” The Cochiti Pueblo athlete started out participating in track and field with her […]

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Michael Ryan

Written by: Jessica Palmer     Roswell Daily Record Retired New Mexico Military Institute math teacher, Michael Ryan said he came to mathematics late in life. He went to school at Henry Ford Community college in Dearborn, Mich., Eastern Michigan University and Northern Arizona University where he received his master’s. He said he had been a swimmer […]

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Gloria and Sylvia Alarcon

Written by: Ilissa Gilmore    Roswell Daily Record For most of their lives, Gloria Alarcon and her sister Sylvia have been making music together. This year, the duo will bring their blue-ribbon winning act to NM’s Senior Olympics and will perform a clarinet duet in the instrumental talent competition of the games. This will be their […]

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Chung Lee

Written by Ilissa Gilmore  Roswell Daily Record At 72, Chung Lee of Albuquerque will compete in his second Senior Olympics competition this month. However, to him, it’s more about sportsmanship than competition. Lee’s sport is table tennis and he will be participating in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. His partner in mixed doubles […]

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Bob Thornburg

Written by: Ilissa Gilmore      Roswell Daily Record As a New Mexico Military Institute cadet, Bob Thornburg won first place in three individual junior pistol matches in the 1960s and also was a member of the school’s team when it competed in a state junior championship. Decades late, he returns to Roswell, seeking high marks in […]

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Max Light

Written by: Ilissa Gilmore  Roswell Daily Record While most people his age have comfortably settled into retirement, Max Light shows no signs of slowing down yet. The 75-year-old of Albuquerque will compete in several games during this year’s Senior Olympics, including cycling, discus, javelin, pole vault and shot put. Light has competed in the Senior […]

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C.E. Chavez

If there’s anyone in New Mexico who has an excuse to sit around, complain and feel sorry for himself, C.E. Chavez of Alto would have to be near the top of the list. After all, this 78-year old avid bowler who has participated in Senior Olympics for 11 years had to have his right leg […]

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Karolie Green

Karolie Green and her husband operate the Crossbar Cattle Company, a cattle and horse ranch north of Quemado. It’s a full time job. At least. But it doesn’t fulfill the competitive drive for either of them. Her husband and sons participate in rodeo. She used to, also, but she says that whenever she had a […]

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Ramona Trujillo

Ramona Trujillo is one-of-a-kind. In more ways than one. Of the 1300 athletes competing in the 25th Annual New Mexico State Senior Olympics, she is the only one who has registered and competed all 25 years! But Ramona is remarkable for a lot more than just showing up. When the first New Mexico Senior Olympics was […]

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Terry Duran & Kathy Soto

One of the highlights of the 2002 New Mexico Senior Olympic State Games will be the women’s basketball competition. Watch for the Sparks, a family team in its first year of competition. “Our family was very physical,” explained Terry Duran, a State Games competitor. “Dad tried to teach us to water-ski, he took us fishing, […]

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Jack Welch

“As a young man I was involved in sports in my home town of Wilmington, Delaware, at the YMCA. I went to college with the goal of becoming a YMCA physical education instructor,” Dr. Jack Welch explained. “When I got in college, I got interested in sports science.” The focus of YMCA, according to Welch, […]

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Lyn Roberts

“Without the Senior Olympics, I might not even be here.” That is how important Senior Olympics is to 77-year-old Lynn Roberts of Quemado, New Mexico. “It’s a wonderful thing because it does keep you younger,” she explained. “It keeps you going. I think it prolongs your life. It gives you interests outside of your home, […]

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Lawrence “Andy” Anderson

Five rows of medals hang the full length of the office in Lawrence “Andy” Anderson’s home. These 620 medals and ribbons are the result of nearly 20 years of international athletic competition. “I have competed in all of the National Senior Games,” he said proudly. He enjoys the camaraderie of the competitions even though he […]

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Esther Felipe

Esther Felipe of Acoma Pueblo didn’t start running competitively until the age of 56. Now 71, her goal is to run in Copper Canyon, Mexico. She explained how she got started running. “One of my grandsons, he was going to Sky City School then, and he asked me, ‘Grandma, can you come to our school […]

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Kay Tinnen

“I’m not in the record books on any of it, but I have more fun,” said New Mexico Senior Olympics athlete Kay Tinnen, a sun-tanned MAN from Zuni. (he laughingly told of one year he was assigned a suite with women because of a misunderstanding about his gender.) “I had three open heart surgeries,” he […]

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John Pino

What do you do when, after running for 50 years, your knees give out? You pick another sport in which to compete if you are John Pino of Laguna Pueblo. “I was going to quit and my daughter said, ‘You can do something else. You used to do archery and you should start practicing.’ So […]

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Monroe Ratchford

Watching Monroe Ratchford and his friends in Alamogordo play table tennis is more difficult than one would imagine. The bright yellow ball flies from one player’s paddle across the rooms and returns immediately after. The players’ twists of the wrist and leaps across the table show the skill needed to compete at national levels. “I […]

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Andrew Moses

Andrew Moses first participated in Senior Olympics in San Antonio, Texas in 1989. He had read about the program in the local paper and began playing tennis and table tennis. “I never played tennis until Senior Olympics,” he said. “I never played horseshoes or washers. I played team sports but now do strictly individual sports. […]

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Sis Warnke

When Sis Warnke was growing up, she watched her two older brothers participate in sports, but she stayed on the sidelines because there was no competition for girls in most of the United States. Missouri, where she was born and raised, however, was among the first to push athletic competition for women, though only within […]

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Beverly Wood

“I’ve always kind of been active. Whatever I do, I go at it full blast,” Beverly Wood of Luna County said. “When you’re active, you cope with things better. It helps your whole life.” For many years Wood’s activities have centered on ranching. “Because my husband had a full-time job, I plowed, planted and irrigated, […]

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Jack Pardee

One of the most versatile athletes at the New Mexico Senior Olympics is Jack Pardee of Albuquerque. Pardee participated in the maximum of 10 sports at the 2001 games in Las Cruces, New Mexico, including cycling, shot, discus, javelin, swimming and airgun events. He holds two senior pistol-standing records. His most successful events are in […]

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Vera Levison

When she was 15, Vera Levison qualified as a New Jersey candidate for the United States Olympic swim team. Now 82 years old, she still swims five times a week and regularly competes at the National Senior Games. “In those days, [the thirties] the states sent people to try out for the Olympics,” Levison said. […]

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Vernon Dyer

    Did you know that regular exercise can keep you financially fit?  “My health insurance and life insurance premiums are down, my medical bills are down, and I have fewer doctor visits to pay for,” Vernon Dyer of Roswell said.      Dyer is a racewalker and runner and will be competing in the […]

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