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Bodybuilder Amazes at 66

Posted August 25, 2010, 12:35 pm in GB Topics

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Iris Davis keeps blowing people’s minds. And she’s just done it again. At the age of 66, she was the oldest person to compete at the recent Florida State Masters Bodybuilding Championships. How did she do? The only one to get a higher score was 16 years younger! As Iris says, "Not bad for an old lady!"

It’s even more remarkable to understand that Iris is no behemoth. At 5'1" and 100 pounds, she doesn't strike you as being a muscle-head, but she does love fitness. In fact, bodybuilding was the last thing on her mind when she was first approached 10 years ago and asked to participate in a competition. It was the farthest thing in her mind, but , for some reason, she figured, why not?

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"I made a vow to myself to get really fit and let nothing stop me and I was determined to enter. My personality is such that if I am going to enter, I am going to win."

And in that first meet, she did win. She told Growing Bolder, "I was delighted. I will never forget the feeling of overwhelming joy at the second my name was announced. I jumped up and down like a 5-year-old. I was ecstatic!"

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Actually, she was hooked! That year alone, she won first prize eight times! At the age of 57, Iris Davis had found her new passion. She began to train harder, feel better and gain recognition.

"In 2003, I won the Florida State Women's Masters Championships and went on to win the title again in 2004. In 2005, I won the Women's Over 30 in Daytona Beach. Also, I was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Fitness Walking, having walked over 200 miles that summer. Since then, I won a second Presidential Award, this time for weight training. In 2007 I was the winner of the Nintendo Corporation's 'Ageless Award,' bestowed on the top 100 Americans who excel in sport every year."

Now, at the age of 66, Iris is still training, still competing and still smashing the stereotypes of age. She's become an example, an inspiration and a role model, helping to rewrite the definition of aging. 

Click here to listen to an interview with Iris about her debilitating bout with illness and more. 

To see Iris in action, click here.  


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