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Thad Wilson Sr.

Photograph By Gregg Segal for ESPN the Magazine

Age 61, Track and Field

Before joining the Navy, Wilson was a competitive track and field athlete in high school. Then the Oxnard, Calif., resident took a 29-year break, serving Uncle Sam for most of that time. Since returning to civilian life, he's won eight USA Masters Outdoor Championships in the 100-meter hurdlesincluding the past seven. "I like to win. I run to win," Wilson says. "You gotta come get me."