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100-year-old skier at peak performance

post #1 of 11
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Great piece on CBS Sunday Morning today...

 

At 100 years old Lou Batori is still skiing -- and still ski racing -- and he has no plans to stop. Bill Geist caught up with Lou on the slopes of the annual gathering of Midwest chapter of the 70+ ski club in Nubs Nob, Michigan and watched as he hit the racecourse.


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post #2 of 11

That's just great stuff. Inspirational for sure.

post #3 of 11

Waaaay beyond inspirational - down right phreakish!  As one who's entering that golden realm (60) and finding myself stiff, grumbling and cranky getting up in the mourning (pun intended), I've been trying to find the Devil to make a little deal - any body know his current whereabouts?

post #4 of 11

There are a lot more older folks out skiing than many may realise. My dad is still skiing at 88 and is often not the oldest in the lodge...

post #5 of 11

There's a 90-something guy who I see on the hill sometimes.  He still tunes his own skis too!

post #6 of 11

What a great story! The guy doesn't look a day over, well, I don't know--but I've seen older looking and older sounding people who are a whole lot younger than Lou Batori! 

 

Apparently there is another centenarian who lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and skis at nearby Sunlight. I don't know his name, but someone told me about him last fall. I'm told that he also races. On top of that, rumor has it that he rides a snowboard sometimes too, and inline skates in the summer. The story I was told was that he skates in the parking lot of the local hospital...just in case. Can anyone confirm this story?

 

These guys are among my heroes. As long as you're learning, you're never old.

 

Best regards,

Bob

post #7 of 11

That's not just amazing, its absolutely mind-blowing.

It just defies what is possible for most human beings.

post #8 of 11

jc-ski, you post a lot of great stuff - thanks for sharing your finds!

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thx, I'm glad you (and others) enjoyed it.

 

Since a lot of use here are, shall we simply say, on the other side of 40, I figure we can appreciate how fast it all goes by, and probably feel sometimes like our best years are behind us. Given that it's always great to come across someone a little (or a lot!) farther down the road who's still using the gift of life to the fullest by living!!

 

> That's not just amazing, its absolutely mind-blowing.

> It just defies what is possible for most human beings.

 

What's possible has a lot to do with attitude, and in that respect our new friend Lou is one helluva great role model!

post #10 of 11

Wow, I can't believe it. Wouldn't it be great if we could all make it there? And the dude still drives a motorcycle and bikes every day! Thanks JC!

post #11 of 11

At Dodge Ridge last year we had an instructor, who was 87.

 

At the 2010 senior games we had a 92 year old guy who finished first in his class.

 

This all happened in 2010. As medical science marches forward, who knows how it will be in 20 years.

 

I meet this guy on the lift last season. Local. Started skiing at age 65. Was 76, maybe 78 I think. Was telling me how he loved his new Icelandics. So good for tree skiing says he. I believed him. I understand that Icelandics work well in the trees

 

 

 

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