93-year-old dreams of Olympic gold

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 18:49:04-05

For many nonagenarian retirees, a short stroll is enough to get their blood pumping. But for Bill Guilfoil, a walk in the park is exactly that.

That's why the 93-year-old plays daily rounds of table tennis. Now the athlete, who's in his eighth decade of the sport, has a new goal on the table; the tennis table that is.

"I think table tennis is a contributor to living longer," explained Guilfoil. "We have to have better nutrition, better outlook on life, and never have a grudge. I think that all goes along with a package."

In February, he will leave behind the green courts at Overland Park Racquet Club for Greensboro, North Carolina where he'll try to qualify for the 2016 summer Olympics in Brazil.

And while Giulfoil will likely be the oldest athlete at the trials, he says it's the sport that keeps him young. If he qualifies in February, he would begin training immediately.

The opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics is on Aug. 5. You can watch all the Olympic coverage on your 41 Action News channel.


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