Book ‘em, Olga! Parade article says Kotelko study is out soon
Bruce Grierson, an exceptional writer based in Vancouver, first contacted me about Canadian masters legend Olga Kotelko in 2010. The resultant New York Times Magazine piece was titled “The Incredible Flying Nonagenarian.” But Bruce didn’t stop there. He began research for a book on Olga (and interviewed me again this past April). Now the world is licking its chops for “What Makes Olga Run? The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star, and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives.” A taste was served Sunday in Parade magazine, which claims a circulation of 32.5 million and readership of 63 million. No matter the numbers, it led former USATF masters national chair George Mathews to exclaim (via email): “Best publicity for our sport I have ever seen. No cost.” The article also mentions 2013 IAAF Best Master Christa Bortignon and M70 legend Harold Morioka, Olga’s coach. Olga is far from a glory hound, but I hope she’s eating up her latest moment in the sun. Bruce’s book is due out in mid-January.