- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—BOILING SPRINGS — A Boiling Springs woman makes it her daily goal to prove that age is truly just a number.

Millie Krauss, 85, showed everyone at the National Senior Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this month that her age wasn’t going to deter her from being a champion.

Over the course of six days, Krauss bowled 21 games at the NSG and brought two gold medals back to the Midstate.

One of her gold medals was for the ladies singles bowling in the 85-89 age group. The other came in the ladies doubles bowling in the 80-84 age group.

Krauss was more than elated to bring home two gold medals from nationals, but it isn’t her first time being No. 1.

“I’ve won at least four gold medals for states, but I kind of don’t count them,” she said with a laugh.

Krauss’ daughter, Paula Lewis, 61, of Boiling Springs, described her mother as many great things, but noted how driven she is and how competitive she can be.

Most importantly, though, Lewis and Krauss believe that age doesn’t mean a thing.

“You need to just do for yourself. You need to not give up on things. If you think you can’t do it, you can’t do it, “Krauss said.

Krauss wasn’t always as motivated and confident in her younger years, she added, but said that bowling was an outlet to regain the confidence she had been missing.

And as far as motivation goes, Krauss said her granddaughter is responsible for a majority of the motivation she brings to the bowling lane. Krauss’ granddaughter died a few years back, she said, and suffered from a mental disability, but was emotionally gifted.

She explained that her granddaughter never minimized her disability, but also never let it define who she was.

“My granddaughter taught me what it was like to live,” Krauss said.

Lewis said her mother is capable of anything.

“Well I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’m not. You know, I would have been more surprised had she not won, because I have never known her to fail at something that she has put her mind to,” Lewis said.

Krauss attributes that quality to her upbringing. She said she believes that growing up and working on the farm made her who she is today — stronger than most.

Lewis said what her mom has been able to do is very inspiring for her as a daughter, and with a laugh said that she goes to “lift weights three times a week to try to stay up with her.”

All accomplishments aside, Krauss said she wanted people to know that age doesn’t matter, and that it is never too late to turn the page and start new.

“If they’re 75 years old, or 80, and they’re not going to try something new, I say, if you want to do something — try it. Go for it,” Krauss said.

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