Now that Michael Phelps is out of the spotlight, some other Baltimore residents have been challenging themselves to their own series of competitions. At the North Oaks senior community in Pikesville, a four-day Wii bowling battle began Monday. While there will be no gold medals handed out, the winner is assured if plenty of glory.
Why Wii: Jill Meshey, fitness manager for the community, started weekly Wii bowling and golf events about a year ago. She says the seniors at the center tend to be active and participate in classes like aerobics and flexibility and balance. She thought they'd find the Wii video games fun. In honor of the Olympics, she set up this special tournament, with each participant playing once a day for four days in a row.
Their 'Miis': Meshey has set up all the regular Wii players with Miis — computer avatars. When they come to play a tournament, Meshey has the program all set up and ready to go. And the game, of course, keeps score for them.
The first round of play: Four players compete at a time. Kicking off the series were Goldie Scheinberg, Lottie Steinberg, Lynn Perlin and Carol Suplicki, all bowling fans. "I love bowling," said Scheinberg. "I love exercise in general." Steinberg says she used to be in a league and even had her own bowling ball. Perlin and Suplicki, who are sisters, say Wii is fun — they participate in the weekly Wii golf matches, too, although Suplicki says, "In golf, we're terrible." Given the level of play in the bowling tournament, that's a bit hard to believe. Plenty of strikes and spares were met with applause while the occasional split always got a supportive "nice try." In the end, Scheinberg was unstoppable, ending with a whopping 192 points. "She's a ringer," said Steinberg.
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