Olga Kotelko gets her 5 minutes of fame: Star turn on ‘Today’

Olga stretches with NBC’s Natalie Morales.

NBC’s “Today” show aired its Olga Kotelko segment Friday morning — with great clips of her throwing the hammer, sharing her food faves (sauerkraut and pickled herring) and working out with host Natalie Morales. Bruce Grierson, author of “What Makes Olga Run?” is briefly interviewed. Olga tells Natalie her goal is to live to 120. But I think that’s modest. Go for 130, Olga! And force WMA to add age groups W105, W110, W115, W120 and W125. (The highest now is W100.) The NBC clip is here.
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January 20, 2014

7 Responses

  1. Rob Jerome - January 21, 2014

    Olga is a great spokesperson, and the segment was very well-done. Grierson’s book should see a nice bump in sales after Olga’s star turn. Excellent exposure for Masters Athletics!

  2. Ken Stone - January 21, 2014

    WBUR, Boston’s public radio station, has interviewed author Bruce and will post it eventually. The Great Olga Tour of 2014 continues!

  3. Ken Stone - January 21, 2014

    Jerry, Olga’s parents were Ukrainian. But herring is still tasty!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_Kotelko

  4. Grant Lamothe - January 22, 2014

    Ken, Polish (I know Jerry’s a nice Polish boy from Detroit), Ukrainian: what’s the difference? Their languages and customs are very similar. I bet Olga, if she knows the Ukranian language, probably understood what Jerry said.

  5. Ken Stone - January 24, 2014

    Public radio station WBUR in Boston features 3 Stone photos of Olga in great Q&A with Bruce:
    http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/01/olga-94-year-old-track-star

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