Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Olympics test septuagenarians' fitness, stamina.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Glen Rosales and Cynthia Taylor Of the Journal

Senior Olympics

It's almost painful to watch Bob Kennedy walk. Hunched over, with a constant ache, Kennedy has had two major back surgeries, fusing his lower spine and scraping calcified buildup. Late in 1999, Kennedy, 75, had hip replacement surgery, and both of his wrists have been operated on one fused together, the other implanted with an artificial joint.

His wife, Rose Marie Kennedy, 73, is also no stranger to physical hardship. She had breast cancer surgery last year, undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

But none of that slows either one of them down, especially this time of year. Both are in training for the City of Albuquerque Senior Olympics, which start Saturday and continue through early April with competition in 25 different events, ranging from archery and badminton to horseshoes and pool to table tennis and volleyball. …

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