HASTINGS, Nebraska – Multiple doctors have suggested that Kay Glynn find a new hobby. Knowing this, the 59-year-old grandmother of five will compete in the pole vault Saturday in Topeka, Kan., in the final meet of her 2012 track and field schedule anyway. Glynn, the indoor world-record holder in the event for women ages 55-59, was recently named the Athlete of the Year for her age group by USA Track & Field.
In 2011, the former three-time state prep long jump champion won multi-event titles at four major championships. Her future in track and field, however, is uncertain. Glynn was informed by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in January that she has arthritis in her right hip as the result of being born with hip dysplasia. It has left her with a bone-on-bone condition in the joint and two cysts. She needs a total hip replacement.
Two weeks after her 2011 season, she couldn’t even jog. Now, she competes through the pain. “It’s just a matter of how long until the pain comes and when I can’t stand it,” she said. “The doctors all said, ‘I don’t know how you’re doing what you’re doing.’ I don’t know. I just do it.” A lifetime in acrobatics and dance has left Glynn in great physical shape and with nearly unbelievable flexibility.
A spectator at one of her senior meets last year recorded Glynn, then 58, doing handstands and the splits as she warmed up for one of her events.
by: Tony Boone
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