Cao Zuozheng, a 103-year-old Beijing woman was one of 21,880 Olympic torchbearer hopefuls. She is petite, has no teeth and walks with a stick. She came up with the idea in 2004 when she had a photo taken of her with a Chinese torchbearer for the Athens Games. She waited three hours in her wheelchair on the roadside to watch the relay in Beijing.
To get physically fit, Cao started exercising in 2004, walking about 300 meters twice a day with a stick. She also insists on washing her hair with cold water, which she believes keeps her healthy.
Unfortuntely, her application to be a torchbearer for this year's Summer Olympics was turned down. Ageism?
The torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame on its journey around the world and through China before the opening of the Beijing games on Aug. 8, 2008
Read more about this remarkable, spunky centenarian here.