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Swimming: Miles goes the extra mile at the state Senior Olympics

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By Deborah Francisco

Local swimmer Dan Miles has so much bling, even Michael Phelps might get jealous.

The 88-year-old has swept the New Mexico Senior Olympics for the past decade, winning nearly every event he has entered and setting state records in many of them.

“Dan Miles has won 10 gold medals every year for the past 10 years,” fellow Senior Olympic swimmer Bill Hudson explained. “Nobody has ever beaten Dan. Dan is a natural master swimmer and he has competed on the national level and on the international level.”

This year was no exception for Miles, who again captured gold medals in each of his events — the 100-yard freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, the 100 and 200 individual medley, the 100 and 200 backstroke, the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke.

Miles, however, is a humble, down-to-earth guy who practically shrugs off his continual success.

“Most of my competition is either dead or sitting in front of a TV with their feet up,” he said. “I don’t have much competition (in my age group).”

However, the numbers speak on Miles’ behalf.

In 2007 he swept his events at the New Mexico Senior Olympics as usual and qualified to compete at the National Senior Games in Louisville, Ky.


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