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Senior Olympic Games Get Underway in Reno

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The Winter Olympic Games start on Friday, but a different set of Olympics is already underway right here in Reno.

For the second year in a row, the Reno Parks and Rec Department puts on the Senior Olympic Games for the more seasoned athletes in our area to prove "they're not too old for gold."

"The Senior Games is important because it gives our senior community the opportunity to actively play and participate, and have tons of laughs," says Darryl Feemster.

We caught up with this year's Olympians in the middle of a heated game of bean-bag baseball.

More than 100 local seniors are representing their Northern Nevada cities and residences this year. They will be competing in some traditional Olympic events like speed skating, downhill skiing and snowshoeing. And there are also a few less rigorous ones like Texas Hold 'em and ping pong. "It gives us something to do, and we like it, and exercise - and it keeps us going, as you see!" says William Anderson, Five Star Residences.

The Senior Games continue for the next two weeks and anyone over 50 is welcome to join in. You can register through February 12 - and on the 14th, they'll hold the closing ceremonies at a Valentine's Day dinner and dance.

For information on signing up and to get your tickets to the dance, click here.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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