A 2011 study by Swedish researchers and Ball State University showed that lifelong cross-country skiers age 80 or older had the aerobic capacity of men half their age and 80% greater than healthy men their same age.
By JEN MURPHY, Wall Street Journal
Trina Hosmer jokes that she’s spent half of her life wearing Lycra. The former Olympic cross-country skier has been competing since 1967. At age 71, she still smokes most of her competition. At last year’s Masters World Cup in Vuokatti, Finland, Ms. Hosmer won all three individual races in her age group by such large margins that a coach demanded to see her passport, suspecting she was younger than 70.
Ms. Hosmer owes her cross-country career to her husband, David Hosmer. The couple met in 1966 while attending the University of Vermont and Mr. Hosmer was captain of the Nordic ski team. She would tag along to his races.
“Back then, there was no women’s team,” she says. “But David would always bring equipment and encourage me to join.” After watching skiers warm up for a 50K race, she decided to click in and give the sport a try. “Three hours later I was still gliding around the track. I completely forgot about feeding the guys,” she says.