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Senior Athletes Defy Stereotypes Of Aging In Stunning Photos

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Age is just a number and wrinkles certainly aren't a sign of weakness for senior athletes. While most athletes might throw in the towel by the time they turn 40, these incredible seniors are still competitive, focused, and going strong into their 70s and beyond.

Minneapolis-based photographer Angela Jimenez captured the stunning black and white images of senior track and field athletes in her series "Racing Age" to shatter common stereotypes about aging and weakness.

"What I saw defied visual stereotypes. These athletes are not cute, or vulnerable, or weak: They are fierce and competitive... It’s not what you are you used to seeing an older person do. It is inspiring and brave," Jimenez told the Huffington Post in a statement. "Athletes of retirement age and older are living longer and better -- they are continually breaking age group records for running, jumping and throwing that would have seemed impossible even a few decades ago."

Check out the awe-inspiring photographs below of the seniors as they shot put, sprint, throw the javelin, and even pole vault.
  • Angela Jimenez
    Long jumper, 80-84
  • Angela Jimenez
    Sprinters, 85 and over
  • Angela Jimenez
    Axel Magnusson, 86
  • Angela Jimenez
    Johnnye Valien, 82
  • Angela Jimenez
    Women sprinters, 80-85
  • Angela Jimenez
    Helen Beauchamp, 87
  • Angela Jimenez
    Runners, 70-74
  • Angela Jimenez
    Manuel Gonzalez Muñoz, 95
  • Angela Jimenez
    Emilia Defontan, 83
  • Angela Jimenez
    Seymour Duckman, 88
  • Angela Jimenez
    John Boesenhofer, 92
  • Angela Jimenez
    Frank Levine, 94
  • Angela Jimenez
    Gehrett Smith, 74

*Ages listed are from when athlete was photographed.

Earlier on HuffPost50:

10 Inspirational Athletes Over 50
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