Action County: Chip Dunmon
Chip Dunmon is 38, he owns a business, and most of the time he’s mature.But as an athlete, he’s nothing but a kid. He plays more team sports than most of us did growing up, and still gets revved up for games like his day depends on it.Dunmon, who’s lived in Breckenridge seven years, plays on two flag football teams (one in Breckenridge, one in Vail), three rec hockey teams (all in Breckenridge; he’s a goalie), two softball teams in the summer and a rec basketball team in the winter.He’s especially a rarity for his age in Summit, where many adult athletes stick to individual sports like biking, running and skiing.
“I don’t lift weights, so this is the only way for met to keep in shape up here,” said Dunmon, who owns BreckNetWorks, a local Web site development company. “I figure if I play sports three or four nights a week I’ll be all right.”Dunmon downplayed the ego booster that often comes from playing against athletes young enough for him to be their dad.”It feels good to be able to compete at my age,” he said simply, adding with a smile: “I don’t go home and pine about and think about it, but …”The 38-year-old Philadelphia native is one of the top receivers on both his flag football teams, which is the sport he’s seen the most success in (and the one he’s closest to grandpa status in).He’s played on his Vail team for 12 years and won six championships an incredible duration considering the intense, physical nature of the sport (he tore his ACL in a game a few years back) and is a four-year member of the Ullr’s squad that’s won three straight titles in the Breckenridge league.
Still, he’s far from immune to the age-related jabs he gets from teammates and opponents alike.What age comment have you gotten that stands out most in your mind?”None really. But there’s one that I say: ‘I may be old, but I’m slow!”
Why do you keep getting back out there in all your sports?”It’s just in my nature. What else am I going to do, sit at home and watch it on TV when I could be doing it?”How much longer do you think you’ll play on all these teams?”As long as I’m able to keep doing it, to compete at a high level. When my body says I can’t do it anymore, I’ll stop.”
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