Distributor:  Collective Eye
Length:  72 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available
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Age of Champions

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This award-winning documentary follows five competitors up to 100 years old who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics.

Age of Champions

AGE OF CHAMPIONS is an award-winning documentary following five competitors who spring, leap, and swim for the gold at the National Senior Olympics. Meet 100-year-old tennis champion Roger Gentilhomme, 86-year-old pole vaulter Adolf Hoffman, and The Tigerettes-- a group of rough-and-tumble basketball-playing "Grandmas" as they triumph over the limitations of age and inspire others to do the same. Called "infectiously inspiring" by The Washington Post, AGE OF CHAMPIONS is a light-hearted take on growing older, and a powerful story worth sharing.

"As a profile of perseverance and discipline, Age of Champions is infectiously inspiring!" -Washington Post "Infinitely inspirational ... funny and sweet and sure to poke a tear from even the most hard-hearted." - Austin Chronicle

"Makes you feel that, no, you're not too tired to go for a run ... it's who I want to be when I grow up!" - The Express

"Prepare yourself for a major dose of inspiration -- a must-see for anyone who has ever uttered the phrase, "I can't do it."-Fitness

"I could not help but laugh and cry and empathize on so many levels with the remarkable older adults depicted in Age of Champions. This film captures the human spirit in all its frailties and strengths." -Dr. Tamara Wolske, University of Indianapolis

"Fun, inspiring, and instructive ... Age of Champions ask all of us to consider what motivates us. Whether we are working too much, facing an empty nest, semi-retired, or signing up for Social Security, we can turn our love of competition into pursuing Gold." -Dr. Caroline Cicero, Pepperdine University

"Very fun and very inspiring... the true value for staff is that they can see the abilities and possibilities rather than the disabilities and liabilities of older adults. It opened their thinking to what older adults can do!" -Ruth Weispfenning, Mayo Clinic


Official Selection at Silverdocs Film Festival, Official Selection at Austin Film Festival, Official Selection at Cambridge Film Festival, Official Selection at Doc Edge Film Festival, Doc Miami


Main credits

Rufo, Christopher (Director)
Rufo, Christopher (Film editor)
Ochwat, Keith (Producer)
Cleary, Neil (Composer)

Other credits

Music, Neil Cleary; editor, Christopher Rufo.

Distributor credits

Keith Ochwat
Christopher Rufo

Docuseek2 subjects

Aging and Geriatrics
Recreation and Sports

Distributor subjects

Youth & Families


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