Flo Meiler is 79 years old. She’s a grandmother to five, great-grandmother to two. She’s also a pole-vaulting, hurdle-jumping track and field star.
In 2011, she set the world indoor record in the pole vault for women over the age of 75. She set the world record for the 60-meter hurdles and the 4x100 meter relay that same year. She has also set records in the steeplechase, the discus, the 200-meter hurdles and the hammer throw.
In total, Meiler holds 15 world records and 12 U.S. records — not bad for a woman who picked up pole vaulting at 65.
Meiler, of Shelburne, Vermont, and more than 10,000 other seniors are taking their athletic prowess to Cleveland this weekend for the 2013 National Senior Games. CNN spoke with Meiler about her love of the long jump, her favorite world record and why other people thinks she’s, well,"a little nuts."
LGBT Russians in need of refuge from the country’s increasingly frightening anti-gay laws can now seek asylum in Canada. Canada’s immigration minister, Chris Alexander, said this week that claims made based on Russia’s anti-gay laws will be taken “very seriously.”
The passage of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law just a few months before the country is to host the 2014 Winter Olympics has brought unprecedented attention to the hostility LGBT Russians face on a regular basis. Maxim Zhuravlev, a gay Russian who recently fled to Vancouver, told CBC news, “I feel that I’m protected. I feel that I can be myself. I don’t have be worried about violence.”
Zhuravlev, who has been in Canada for two months, is staying in a homeless shelter while his refugee claim is processed. “It is considered an honor for a Russian to harm or even kill a gay person. They will be honored by society and tell everyone, ‘I killed a gay person.’ Everyone basically will be proud of that.”
Let’s protect one another, friends. This is a good start.
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