first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Crawford dominates Horn to seize WBO welterweight world title View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Former Finnish Olympic gymnastics athlete in Rome (1960) and Tokyo (1964), Kauko Heikkinen, 80, rides a kitesurf in Storsand, northern Vaasa, western Finland. Image: Olivier MORIN / AFPDaily exercise is the secret to a long life, insists 80-year-old Finn Kauko Heikkinen, a former Olympic gymnast who kitesurfs, bikes or swims everyday. “I exercise every day, basically, doing about 40 kilometers (25 miles) of biking a week, and some swimming and a bit of gymnastics two or three times a week.”  NVGRELATED STORIES:LOOK: Inspiring seniors in their 80s, 90s prove no one is too old for basketball105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced After a long gymnastics career that took him to two Olympic Games — Rome in 1960 where he finished 6th and Tokyo in 1964 where he came in 40th — Heikkinen said the idea of not exercising was unthinkable.“After my Olympic years, I never stopped being active, doing sports. Being active keeps me in shape. That’s my secret, exercising and eating healthily,” he explained.“After my career, I became the women’s national gymnastics coach. And then I felt like using all this experience to do fun things … for me.”Heikkinen decided to try snowboarding and Telemark skiing.For many years, he spent a week or two skiing in the Dolomites in Italy, and he still does a bit of Telemark.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES But then again, Heikkinen has always lived an active life. In 2000, at the age of 63, he introduced kitesurfing to Finland.“I started kitesurfing in 2000, before that I did windsurfing for 20 years,” the Finn told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith his icy blue eyes and taut physique, the former gymnast needs only a brief warm-up before he gets out on the water near Vaasa in western Finland.Whether the ocean is frozen on a winter’s day or it’s a glorious spring day in May as during this training session when the wind is blowing 25 knots, the octogenarian sails through the air, mastering his moves like an athlete half his age. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers PLAY LIST 05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Out on the water, he glides, he soars, he falls, but he always gets back up. His hobby takes him far from the retirement homes and bridge games frequented by many his age.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more