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07/11/2014 07:31 am ET Updated Jul 25, 2014

Senior Athletes Defy Stereotypes Of Aging In Stunning Photos

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.

  • <strong>Long jumper, 80-84</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Long jumper, 80-84
  • <strong>Sprinters, 85 and over </strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Sprinters, 85 and over
  • <strong>Axel Magnusson, 86</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Axel Magnusson, 86
  • <strong>Johnnye Valien, 82</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Johnnye Valien, 82
  • <strong>Women sprinters, 80-85</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Women sprinters, 80-85
  • <strong>Helen Beauchamp, 87</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Helen Beauchamp, 87
  • <strong>Runners, 70-74</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Runners, 70-74
  • <strong>Manuel Gonzalez Muñoz, 95</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Manuel Gonzalez Muñoz, 95
  • <strong>Emilia Defontan, 83</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Emilia Defontan, 83
  • <strong>Seymour Duckman, 88</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Seymour Duckman, 88
  • <strong>John Boesenhofer, 92 </strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    John Boesenhofer, 92
  • <strong>Frank Levine, 94</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Frank Levine, 94
  • <strong>Gehrett Smith, 74</strong>
    Angela Jimenez
    Gehrett Smith, 74

*Ages listed are from when athlete was photographed.

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