Kalis Rasmussen Breaks 5 Masters World Records at Age 95

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Kalis Rasmussen just keeps on going. Age can’t stop her from breaking barriers on a world stage.

While the U.S. Masters were competing this weekend in Arizona, this 95-year old broke five masters age group world records during the weekend at the Swim Ontario Masters provincials championships in Toronto.

Rasmussen, originally from Denmark, broke world records in the 200 breast, 50 breast, 100 back and 200 backstroke. She swims for the Etobicoke Olympium Masters Aquatic Club (EOMAC) Masters Swimming Club in Ontario.

“I was 8 when I started, then the war came,” Rasmussen told Breakfast Television, a Rogers Media station in Toronto. “I came to Canada in 1951. But I started swimming (competitively) in 2000.”

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Photo Courtesy: EOMAC Swim Club

She swam a 2:42.88 in the 100 back, a 5:42.83 in the 200 back. She also swam a 7:22.30 in the 200 breast and a 1:32.51 in the 50 breast.

Rasmussen swims 3-4 times a week for about an hour, she said.

“I kind of train on my own,” she said.

Rasmussen is coached by Mirko Petrov, the president of the EOMAC club.

“When I started swimming masters, I was in my early 20s and she was old then,” Petrov joked on Breakfast Television. “Every year we travel. We went to Budapest a couple of years ago for the world championships. She won the world championships at age 89 in Budapest. She is just inspiring people everywhere she goes.”

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Photo Courtesy: EOMAC Swim Club

Check out the full Breakfast Television piece here.

28 comments

  1. Alexandra Phillips

    Tory Phillips something to aspire at 95 you might be able to do that in 200 breast

  2. Pamela Emison

    Carol Hieb keep swimming!!

  3. Mania Kanaki

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  4. Nikki Gibbs

    Ashlyn Dures there’s hope for you yet 😀

  5. Mania Kanaki

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  6. Thomas A. Small

    Congratulations that’s awesome

  7. Kylie Youmans

    Katie Pace look this could be you Meredith Nagel Nicole Matuska

  8. Kylie Youmans

    Katie Pace look this could be you Meredith Nagel Nicole Matuska

  9. Liz Hudson

    SO inspiring! What a role model!!!

  10. Pamela Emison

    Carol Hieb keep swimming!!

  11. Janice DeFrancesco Bigham

    Wow! Good for you Kalis Rasmussen. Keep moving. Keep going. Goals for us all💕 🏊‍♀️ 💪🏼

  12. Anne Emaus

    I saw his times! I’m so impressed!! 💪🏻👍🏻🎉

  13. Amy Le

    This is so goals

  14. Anne Emaus

    I saw his times! I’m so impressed!! 💪🏻👍🏻🎉

  15. Bob Perkins

    Ande cousin / uncle?!