Best Athlete -- Lifelong (2004)

Larry Imperiale

You think Patrick Roy had an illustrious career? Ha! While Roy hung up his pads last year, Larry Imperiale, the king of freestyle Frisbee, is still hucking disc with the best of them. The software developer, who lives in the foothills west of Denver, has been finishing on top of 'bee tournaments for four decades, and he's won major titles in three of them. The easiest way to tell he's a legend? A freestyle move, the Laerbs Kick, is named after him (Laerbs is his nickname). For anyone who's on the far side of forty and still harbors dreams of athletic grandeur, pay attention: The Kick involves keeping the Frisbee spinning and aloft by brushing the rim every few seconds -- with your foot.


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