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Elderly ice skaters’ delightful twists and turns

Friday, January 06, 2017 - 01:25

Elderly Hungarians skate and dance together at an ice skating rink in Budapest. Angela Moore reports.

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At 73 years old, Judit Bartfai hasn't lost a step or a spin. Back in the 60s and 70s, Bartfai was a ballerina and a professional ice dancer. Now, along with a group of senior friends, Bartfai skates each morning at the City Park Ice Rink in Budapest. SOUNDBITE: Judit Bartfai, ice dancer, saying (Hungarian): "For me this means everything, it is life. I am not joking. After recovering from life-threatening illnesses, my first trip led here." Ice skating can help seniors stay physically fit by among other things improving their balance. It can also help them stay mentally fit by providing a social outlet. 70 year old Laszlo Gombos started ice skating after recovering from prostate cancer. SOUNDBITE: Laszlo Gombos, ice dancer, saying (Hungarian): "When I was 50 I was told to retire early due to various illnesses. To get over this, I thought I could perhaps disconnect this way- as this is what I really love doing, so I decided to do ice-dancing. Today I am 70 years old, I know 17 dances and I learn a dance each year." The ice dancing group dates back to the 1950s and it appears their best moves are still ahead.

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Elderly ice skaters’ delightful twists and turns

Friday, January 06, 2017 - 01:25