Lebanon Man Brings Home Two Medals... From Two Different Sports


Photo Credit: Andrew Rush/AP Images for Humana Inc. of Bob Arledge

LEBANON, OH --  Otterbein's Bob Arledge has returned home from the biennial National Senior Games with not one... but two medals. 

Photo Credit: Andrew Rush/AP Images for Humana Inc.

Arledge brought home the gold medal in the men’s 100-yard backstroke and the silver medal in the men’s pole-vault for participants in the 90–94 age group. That’s right: he’d been training for two entirely different sports at the same time.  

Before he left to compete, the WarrenCountyPost.com met up with the 90-year-young man to learn his secret in staying active in one's senior years.

Photo Credit: Andrew Rush/AP Images for Humana Inc.

"Staying active is important... I swim twice a week. I lift weights twice a week and walk a lot … and run. At my age if you don’t run, you loose that skill,” he said, adding, "I'd like to train in running, too, and maybe compete in three sports next time." 

The Senior Olympics, presented by Humana from July 7–18, were held in Pittsburgh this year. Arledge, a retired Air Force physical therapist, was selected out of over 11,500 athletes as one of this year’s 28 Humana Game Changers—a national recognition of an athlete who exemplifies healthy aging, and provides encouragement, motivation, and inspiration for all seniors to live healthy lifestyles.

Editors note: Congratulations Bob!!!

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