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Senior Olympics Athletes Gather for Opening Ceremonies
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Senior Olympics Athletes Gather for Opening Ceremonies

Tennis and indoor track last weekend.

Lisa Bridges from McLean hits a forehand during her match. Bridges won gold in the 50-69 age group.

Lisa Bridges from McLean hits a forehand during her match. Bridges won gold in the 50-69 age group. Photo by Tom Manning/The Connection

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Debbi Miller, Ms. Virginia Senior America, from Fairfax, competed in the 3 mile walk. She came in first place in the 65-69 age group.

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Paul Cachion from Arlington sprints to the finish of the 1600 meter run. He placed first in his age group with a time of 5:52. Cachion runs 2-3 times a week. This was his first Senior Olympics.

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Clarence John L. Wells-Martin from Herndon received a gold medal for placing first in the 60 meter dash in the 70-74 age group. Number 36 is his lucky number from high school.

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Mark Matsko from Arlington hits a forehand during the 50-59 age group finals match. Matsko won the championship pro set match 8-3.

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J. J. Smith from Alexandria, wearing bib #510, won the 60 meter dash for the 75-79 age group. Smith ran hurdles years ago while attending St. Albans School for boys in D.C.

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Lisa Bridges (left) from McLean and Sheila Laszlo from Ashburn both won gold medals in their championship matches.

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John Heather (left) from Falls Church and Mark Matsko from Arlington show off their medals after their championship 50-59 age group match. Heather took home silver while Matsko won gold.

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Alease Brooks from Arlington competed in the 800 meter walk in the 80-85 age group. This was her 13th Senior Olympics.

The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics kicked off its 35th anniversary season on Sept. 9, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. The opening ceremonies included the T.C. Williams High School Army JROTC Color Guard, remarks by NVSO committee Chairman Jim Mackenzie, and the carrying of the Olympic Torch. This year there are 752 competitors. The first day of competition took place on Sept. 9 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center and included indoor track events. Tennis singles (50-69) took place on Sept. 11 at Wakefield District Park in Annandale. The Senior Olympics runs through Sept. 20. See http://nvso.us.