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Battle Ground man earns gold in basketball at World Senior Games

By , Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter
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Jim Nielsen of Battle Ground won two gold medals in basketball at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

Playing with the Clearwater Aces in the 70-74 age division, Nielsen helped the Florida-based team win both 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 tournaments. Nielsen, 73, was asked to fill a roster spot for the tournament by the Aces coach, who has played with Nielsen in the past.

“It was a real honor to win this tournament and to play for this team,” Nielsen said. “It feels good to play for one of the best teams in the country.”

A 1961 graduate of Battle Ground High School, Nielsen played basketball for the Tigers and has continued to play the sport. “I am lucky I can still play,” he said.

Nielsen still plays basketball several days a week in Vancouver, but this is the first time in several years he has played in a national tournament.

Of the eight men on the team, Nielsen was the only one from west of the Mississippi River. At 6-foot-3 he prefers to play near the basket. Rebounding and defense are his strength, he said.

“I love to rebound. I love being where the action is,” he said.

It was the 10th time Nielsen has participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games. In 2009 he was on a team that won a basketball gold medal in the 65-69 age division at the Huntsman World Senior Games.

Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter
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