Wii bowling may not have been part of the 2008 Olympic venue in Beijing, but area seniors competed with the same "spirit of the games" half a world away at the Eddy Senior Housing Division's first Wii Olympics Bowling Tournament on Tuesday, August 12 at Glen Eddy in Niskayuna. The event was held concurrent with the International Olympic Games in China.
Approximately 100 Capital Region residents from The Eddy's five senior housing campuses -- Glen Eddy in Niskayuna, Beverwyck in Slingerlands, Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush, Beechwood in Troy, and The Glen at Hiland Meadows in Queenbury -- competed and "represented" their individual communities.
Each team donned the color of one of the five Olympic rings. About 13 teams, consisting of 4-5 seniors each, participated in the the virtual games. The day-long event capped off with an official awards ceremony with gold, silver and bronze medals presented to winning teams:
1st Place - The Terrace at Glen Eddy Kingpins
2nd Place - The Terrace at EMGC Keglers
3rd Place - The Glen Eddy Wiiky Wackys
Wii simulates the real-life sport and translates the player's motions onto television, computer or projection screens. The games debuted in stores in 2006 and propelled to popularity, particularly among older Americans across the country who have taken to the games as a sport, an effective form of physical therapy, and just pure entertainment.