In Olympic spirit, Bay Area seniors are hosting their own Tokyo Games

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In honor of the Tokyo Olympics commencing this week, Bay Area seniors hosted their own Olympic games.

Belmont Village Senior Living residents, ages 80 and older, from Albany, Sunnyvale and San Jose competed for medals and bragging rights on Wednesday while staying physically and mentally active.

30 resident athletes engaged in the Northern California Community Olympics, vying for gold in events such as Seated Volleyball and Amazing Race Relay.

Competitors engaging in the Seated Volleyball event.
Competitors engaging in the Seated Volleyball event. Photo credit Jim Taylor

One spirited competitor explained to KCBS Radio that this event wasn’t just a spur of the moment thing. "We trained for it in the afternoons," he said.

Another resident athlete expressed her excitement to compete in the games calling the event "a lot of fun."

The Belmont Village Olympic Games.
The Belmont Village Olympic Games. Photo credit Jim Taylor

Not only were the games held for thrilling comradery, but they also helped senior participants keep their minds and bodies active and engaged, a Belmont Village spokesperson said. The benefits of community living are great.