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Local WWII vet competes in National Senior Games

Cory Hartbarger has a unique perspective on life. Since returning from World War II at the age of 18, Cory's been throwing the shot put, discus and javelin. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

It's never too late to keep doing the things you want to do in life, and one Asheville resident is living proof that life can be fun for nine decades.

Cory Hartbarger has a unique perspective on life. Since returning from World War II at the age of 18, Cory's been throwing the shot put, discus and javelin.

He'll be competing in the National Senior Games in June in Birmingham.

"It's more than competition, really, when you get to meet some of these seniors," Cory said.

The title sponsor of the National Senior Games, Humana, selected Cory as one of just 15 Humana Game Changers throughout the entire country.

"He's been through a lot in his life, and he is 90 years old, and he continues to compete in the senior games," Christine Martin, a Humana spokesperson, said of Cory. "He's looking forward to competing when he gets to be 92 years old. He's going to keep on going until he can't go any more."

Cory has survived major heart surgery along with other medical issues. He hopes to keep going so that other seniors may be inspired to remain active.

"Even if they're immobile, they can at least sit in a wheelchair. They can move their arms, move their legs, some kind of stretching, and that's what we want," he said.

Cory's four sons will be able to share the National Senior Games with him.

As long as he's able, Cory is going to keep moving because that's what makes him feel alive.

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