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Winning the Race Against Time

This week’s Spotlight series features excerpts from Angela Jimenez’s new book, titled Racing Age. Jimenez has spent the last nine years traveling across the United States and Europe, photographing 81-year-olds jumping hurdles, 87-year-olds throwing discuses, and 76-year-olds pole vaulting. “Because they defy visual stereotypes, these athletes surprise us,” she said. “They are not weak, or vulnerable, or just cute: they are fierce and competitive. It is inspiring and brave, but can also be scary to see an older person push the body to its limits.” View the entire essay here.

A senior long jumper competes in the 80-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Riccione Stadium in Riccione, Italy on September 6, 2007. (Angela Jimenez)

Pengxue Su, 87, of China, the oldest decathlete (and the only competitor in the 85-89 age division) competes in the discus, the second event on the second day of the men’s combined events, or decathlon, on August 6, 2015 at the Balmont Duchère stadium in Lyon, France (Angela Jimenez)

Flo Meiler, 81, of Shelburne, Vermont, left, crosses the finish line of the 800 meters, the final (and painful) event of the second day, ahead of Christel Donley, right, 80, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, winning the 80-84 age division of the women’s combined events, or heptathlon, and setting a new (pending, awaiting ratification) W80 world record on August 5, 2015 at the Laurent Gérin stadium in Venissieux, France.  (Angela Jimenez)

Johnnye Valien, 82, of Los Angeles, California, is photographed competing in the 80-84 age bracket women’s shot put during the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Misano Adriatico Stadium in Misano Adriatico, Italy, on September 7, 2007.  (Angela Jimenez)

Masters track and field triple jumper Manuel GarcÌa Carbajo, 72, of Spain, stretches between jumps at the World Masters Athletics Championship at the Stade du Rhône in Lyon, France on August 9, 2015.  (Angela Jimenez)

W65 masters track and field heptathletes Ingeborg Zorzi, of Italy, left, and Terhi Kikkonen, of Finland congratulate each other at the 200-meter finish line, the end of the first day of the women’s combined events, or heptathlon, on August 4, 2015 at the Laurent Gérin stadium in Venissieux, France. (Angela Jimenez))

Manuel Gonzalez Muòoz, 95, of Veracruz, Mexico, is photographed after finishing second in the 95+ age bracket men’s 100 meter finals during the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Riccione Stadium in Riccione, Italy on September 7, 2007. (Angela Jimenez)

Masters track and field athletes run in the M85 55-meter dash at the USATF Masters Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts on February 23, 2008. (Angela Jimenez)

Axel Magnusson, 86, of Sweden, is photographed while competing in the 85-89 age bracket men’s long jump during the 2007 World Masters Championships Stadia (track and field competition) at Riccione Stadium in Riccione, Italy on September 6, 2007. (Angela Jimenez)

10/12/15 | Jhon Rachid (french comedian) meets Benzema at Valdebebas (x)

Jhon: Do you have time to play FIFA, with training and matches etc? Karim: Yeah I play a little FIFA, also Call of Duty and an American Football (NFL) game

Your top three footballers of all time? Ronaldo (Nazario), Zizou and Ronaldinho

Have you met all of them? Worked with all of them? Yes met all of them. No, no just Zizou

How is it to know Zidane? Is he brotherly? Does he like to have fun? He’s a little bit of everything, yeah he likes to have fun

Do you miss Lyon sometimes? The club?

No the city, the atmosphere..: Oh yeah of course, I have everything there, my family, my friends

So Lyon has the best atmosphere right? No, Madrid has.

But lyon and the stadium and the cheers...No it’s here, Lyon has a great atmosphere but here it’s more…it’s bigger.

*giving him a PS4* So do you have something for me? *Both laugh* Karim gave him a signed shirt and four tickets for him and his friends in VIP in Real Madrid Champons League match.