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What makes Olga run? : the mystery of the ninety-something track star and what she can teach us about living longer, happier lives  Cover Image Book Book

What makes Olga run? : the mystery of the ninety-something track star and what she can teach us about living longer, happier lives / Bruce Grierson.

Grierson, Bruce, (author.).


"In What Makes Olga Run? Bruce Grierson explores what the wild success of a ninety-three-year-old track star can tell us about how our bodies and minds age. Olga Kotelko is not your average ninety-three-year-old. She not only looks and acts like a much younger woman, she holds over twenty-three world records in track and field, seventeen in her current ninety to ninety-five category. Convinced that this remarkable woman could help unlock many of the mysteries of aging, Grierson set out to uncover what it is that's driving Olga. He considers every piece of the puzzle, from her diet and sleep habits to how she scores on various personality traits, from what she does in her spare time to her family history. Olga participates in tests administered by some of the world's leading scientists and offers her DNA to groundbreaking research trials. What emerges is not only a tremendously uplifting personal story but a look at the extent to which our health and longevity are determined by the DNA we inherit at birth, and the extent to which we can shape that inheritance. It examines the sum of our genes, opportunities, and choices, and the factors that forge the course of any life, especially during"-- Provided by publisher.
Journalist Bruce Grierson presents the story of 95-year-old Canadian track and field athlete Olga Kotelko, who took up track at age 77 for fun.

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  • ISBN: 9780805097207 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0805097201 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: 241 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2014.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-231) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Rust never sleeps -- The adversity hypothesis -- Tests of mind -- The sweat prescription -- An evolutionary theory of Olga -- Tests of body -- Habits -- Personality -- What makes Olga run? -- Olga and me -- Going deeper -- Shadows -- Coda: nine rules for living.
Subject: Kotelko, Olga, 1919-
Women track and field athletes > Canada > Biography.
Older women athletes > Canada > Biography.

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Kirtland Community College Library GV 1061.15 .K68 G75 2014 30775305465115 General Collection Available -

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