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Kathy Bergen

Photograph By Gregg Segal for ESPN the Magazine

Age 72, Track and Field

"When I was young, women just didn't play sports," Bergen says. "Now I'm making up for lost time." Bergen began racing nearly 20 years ago when her husband told her, "Anyone can run." Since then, she has set world and American records for her age group in the high jump and 60, 100 and 200 meters. "Some of the women I race are chatty," says the La Caņada Flintridge, Calif., resident. "But I'm not at the starting block to make friends."