7 February 2020

Published February 5, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Nothing but the Truth

Word Count: 100


            Growing up during the Great Depression, did Maurine Kornfeld figure she’d have already climbed the stairway to Heaven by the year 2020?

            Like many Americans she retired at age 65. Although she never cared for swimming as a youngster, she joined a Masters Swim group at the YMCA to stay fit. Setting her first record at age 90, she was recently inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.

            When asked her secret, she replied, eyes twinkling. “If you can’t outswim them, outlive them.”

            “Mighty Mo” is my new hero. I want to be her when I grow up.



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86 comments on “7 February 2020

  • That is impressive and inspiring. To be still so full of life and filled with positive expectation at her age. Many people become jaded as they get older. It’s also interesting to note that she changed with the times. Having grown up in a time when female sports might not have been acceptable.

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    • Dear Trent,

      Olympic and Masters swim aren’t quite the same thing. I was told by a friend a few years back that I should get into competition in Masters since there would be fewer competitors in my age category. So Mo has a better chance in hers. I mean, how many swimmers are there over 90? Nonetheless, Maureen is an inspiration for sure. Thank you.



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  • Way to go, Mo! I envy any and all who can swim above water and breath while doing so. I used to swim under water, deep and silent… My Navy friends called me a seal, saying my form was similar. Now days, the pressure of the water is so painful that I don’t swim much at all.

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  • Inspirational! Thank you, Rochelle, you tell the story so well.
    Having taken up yoga since retirement, perhaps I can hope to get flexible enough to manage the lotus position before I’m 100!
    Mo is obviously young at heart, too. I love her comment “If you can’t outswim them, outlive them.”

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  • Times like this, I wish there was a “love” button. This is awesome. I like stories where people rise above expectations. Good for Mo, she never quit and accomplished great things. I’m with you. I want to be like her when I grow up.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    You have introduced us to yet another mighty retiree who refuses to sit down and wait to die. Wonderful! Mighty Mo and Robust Ro! (Sorry… hard to find a similar word starting with R 😉 )

    Shalom and lotsa lapsfuls of love,


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