Nike just did something major with its most recent campaign. Instead of using a well-known athlete like Serena Williams or a super famous hip-hop artist like Chance the Rapper, the sportswear behemoth decided to feature a decidedly different kind of star: Sister Madonna Buder, an 86-year-old nun… Dubbed the Iron Nun… Because she’s training for an Ironman triathlon that she’s been competing in since 1985.
This Sister is an Olympian! I remember an elderly nun with us in the convent, she was in her 70s, who had no difficulty keeping up with our daily schedule. Her efficiency was like clockwork. We wondered where she got her energy from, because by noon we, decades younger than her, were ready to pass out and wanted nothing else but our beds which by the way were off limits except at siesta and bedtime at 10PM. Discipline + training + nutrition + genes, I guess.