As the 2012 Summer Olympics in London continue to draw the world's attention, Mike Sophia is already focused on summer 2013. That's when the National Senior Games -- aka the " Senior Olympics" -- will take place, and Sophia is already lining up older athletes to compete in what he expects to be a record-breaking event.
Held every two years, the Senior Olympics are open to American adults 50 and older, with events divided into age groups at five-year intervals. The first games, in 1987, attracted about 2,500 competitors. Last year's event drew about 10,000 participants, and Sophia said he expects even more in 2013.
Like in the regular Olympics, athletes who want to compete in the Senior Games must first compete in a qualifying round. These are currently being held in 49 states (find out when your state's games are being held here). Athletes can qualify in the state they live in or any state that allows out-of-state competitors.
People who are 100 have already qualified," Sophia said.
Competitive events include archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball.
The 2013 Senior Olympics will be held July 20 through Aug. 5 in Cleveland. The 2015 games are slated for Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.
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