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Anne Abernathy is in the Guinness World Book of Records as the oldest woman ever to compete in the Winter Olympics Games. She broke the record first in the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics and again in Torino in 2006. Anne, known as Grandma Luge to her fellow athletes and many fans, made Olympic history once again after qualifying for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. She is the first woman to participate in 6 Winter Games and the first woman over 50.
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Anne on her sled!It is interesting to note that in the Torino Games the record for the greatest age difference in one event was also set. Grandma Luge was 52 and the youngest competitor was just 16.

Recognized often for her achievements as an athlete and motivator she was Athletes International 2004 Olympic Athlete of the Year.

Although she broke the age record set in 1936, Anne is no stranger to breaking barriers and making Olympic history. In 1992 Anne became the first athlete in any Olympics to compete with a camera on board. At the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, she was the first to create an online diary from the Games.

Even the nickname, Grandma Luge, was given to her in 1993 as recognition that Anne was competing in a sport once thought to be reserved for the young. Anne was only 40 at the time and was preparing for her third Olympic Games.

She prepares by going on the arduous winter tour each year. Twice in the recent 2003-4 season, she placed 3rd, the top winners of those events were under 21 years old. Overall she finished in the world's top twenty. Her energy and enthusiasm has won her fans from 9 to 90 years of age.
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Anne's story is one of dedication and perseverance, overcoming hardships and injuries including cancer, broken bones, 12 knee surgeries and even a hurricane that destroyed her home in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She has been featured on Today Show, the Tonight Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Fox Sports Radio, Voice of America as well as various international shows.

The Discovery Health Channel opened their series, Impact, Stories of Survival with Anne's story of recovery from her 2001 closed head injury. By connecting electrodes to her head and playing video games with only her brainwaves Anne was able to use neuro-biofeedback therapy to expedite her comeback.

In addition to training for the 2006 Olympics, Anne plans to publicize the neuro-brainwave therapy that enabled her to make a comeback for the Salt Lake City Olympics to other victims of head injuries and stroke.

"Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings." -- Psalm 63:7