Whether it's brought about by a mid-life crisis or circumstances that had prevented them from going after their dreams before, these people did not let the failing of the body or the troubles of aging stop them from accomplishing great feats.
Climbing mountains, finishing marathons, inventing new gadgets, winning awards, going into outer space, these octogenarians have done it all and more. So don't count these senior citizens out just yet!
Upvote the most impressive and remarkable things accomplished at age 50 (and beyond!) by these talented individuals. In a world that tends to emphasize youth, these smart and bold people are showing that age is just a number.
William Ivy Baldwin Tightrope Walked Across a Canyon, at Age 82
On July 31, 1948, his 82nd birthday, tightrope walker William Ivy Baldwin did his last walk over a canyon in Eldorado Springs in Colorado. He made his first walk there in 1907 and did it 88 times until his final endeavor. Baldwin’s daughter strung a special wire for his final walk.
Gladys Burrill Ran a Marathon, at Age 92
Burrill earned the Guinness Book of World Records record as the oldest female to complete a marathon. At age 92, she finished the race, which took place in Honolulu, in nine hours, 53 minutes and 16 seconds. It was her fifth Honolulu finish in seven years.
Grandma Moses, the spry, indomitable "genuine American primitive" who became one of the country's most famous painters turned out her first painting at the age of 76. She took up painting because arthritis had crippled her hands so that she no longer could embroider. Three years later, her art was hanging at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. see more on Grandma Moses
Teiichi Igarashi Climbed Mt. Fuji, at Age 100
In 1987, Teiichi Igarashi, a former lumberjack who had been climbing Mt. Fuji every year since he was 89 years old, became the first centenarian to climb Japan's tallest mountain. Igarashi attributed his accomplishment to eating raw eggs and all the encouragement he received from his supporters.
The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn made history again when, at the age of 77, he became the oldest person to travel in space. He rode the space shuttle Discovery, and, over the course of nine days, the shuttle orbited Earth 134 times. Glenn served as payload specialist, participating in various experiments to test how his 77-year-old body responded to the weightless environment.
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Theodor Mommsen was a German classical scholar, historian, archaeologist, and writer, generally regarded as one of the greatest classicists of the 19th century. His work regarding Roman history is still of fundamental importance for contemporary research. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902 for being "the greatest living master of the art of historical writing," with special reference to his monumental work, A History of Rome.
Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch Went to The North Pole, at Age 89
In 1980, Davenhill (a former soldier), along with her husband and daughters, began extensive world travels. In August 2004, at age 89, she reached the North Pole and was designated by by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to reach the remote destination.
In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, Diana Nyad became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. The journey was 110 miles long and took her 53 hours straight.
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