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Bill and Freddi Franks won a silver medal at the senior games in square dancing.

In sports, often times extra effort pays dividends. That was true for Bill and Freddi Franks from Payson, who took home a silver medal in the square dancing competition at the Huntsman World Senior Games on Oct. 9.

When asked about their experience at the games they said, “We love sharing our experience with all our friends that we have met at the Huntsman World Senior Games.”

The Huntsman World Senior Games is a world-class, Olympic-format, international sporting event for athletes ages 50 years and older. Founded more than 20 years ago, the games currently host over 9,500 athletes annually. Each October, for two weeks, the event is held in colorful St. George, Utah, less than a two-hour drive from Las Vegas. At the 2008 games, athletes will compete in 25 sports.

“One of the things that makes this event so unique is that it is more than just a collection of sporting events,” says Kyle Case, Huntsman World Senior Games CEO. “The games is a total experience, so much more than just another sports competition.”

Case says the participants enjoy the parade of athletes, opening ceremonies, concert and celebration, social events, banquets and free health screenings, to name only a few of the additional activities that enhance the experience.

The 2008 Huntsman World Senior Games will host approximately 9,700 participants from all 50 of the United States and 20 foreign countries. The majority of the participants are male — about 66 percent — and the average age is around 64 years “young.” While almost all of the athletes’ first trip to the games was prompted by the athletic competition, by their third year, many of the participants list social aspects such as “meeting new friends” and “renewing acquaintances” as their primary reason for attending the games.

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