Sailor, John Dane : Oldest American Athlete in Beijing Olympics

After 40 years of trying to make it in US Olympic team a 58 year old Athlete John Dane III is finally in Beijing Summer Olympic.

The inspiring story of John Dane was emailed to me by one of my readers from New Orleans. Thanks Harriet!

Never Give Up

Dane tried to make the Olympics in 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1984, coming close with a second-place finish, a third and two fourths at the trials. He also came up short in 1996 and 2004, when he figured his Olympic dream was done.

His big break came via his daughter. Dane’s daughter, Sally, married a top sailor in Austin Sperry, 30. Dane has teamed with his son-in-law to make the team in the Star event.

The US has some of the oldest athletes in Beijing games, five competitors are 50 or over and 17 competitors are over 40 including 41 year old swimming sensation, Dara Torres.

To all the dreamers out there, dream big, ITS FREE!

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