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Athletes are defying age

- February 16th, 2013
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Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she celebrates a point against Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women’s semi-final match at the Qatar Open tennis tournament in Doha Feb. 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad)

Serena Williams’ sixth return to no. 1 ranking set a record-breaking precedent.She is the oldest no. 1 ranker (at 31) since women’s tennis started keeping track in 1975. Though 31 is hardly old, in sports terms it’s the precursor of battle-weary injuries, aches and pains. Serena is no stranger to ailments, having to rehabilitate her left knee at the age of 23.

Lately, the veterans have been proving their worth.  The Dallas Stars’ Jaromir Jagr surpassed Los Angeles Kings legend Luc Robitaille for 10th on the all time goal-scoring sheet.

He did so in dramatic fashion, elevating his fifth NHL franchise past the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime.

Jagr has a decade on Serena Williams when it comes to age. The Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis, has six years on her, and at 37 years he was the dynamic character behind the Ravens winning the Super Bowl.

The competitive fire still burns inside athletes even as they enter their twilight at the pro level.

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