Bodybuilder Amazes at 66Posted August 25, 2010, 12:35 pm in GB Topics
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?
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!"
"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.
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