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Willy C. Escobar

Photograph By Gregg Segal for ESPN the Magazine

Age 68, Table Tennis

"I win so much that my house is overflowing with medals and trophies," Escobar says, "and I am going to go forever." Escobar took up table tennis as a 12-year-old in El Salvador, then started playing tournaments at 33 after moving to New York in 1973. The Sun City, Calif., resident became a two-time U.S. Open singles champ (1988, 1994) with beginner ratings on the senior circuit, and he still plays about 15 events every year. "I can never have enough trophies," he says, "although my wife disagrees sometimes, especially when it's time to dust."