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Olga Kotelko is winner of Canada’s inaugural Olga Kotelko Award

Canadian Masters Athletics has announced the winners of its 2014 Athletes of the Year awards. See formal announcement. Sprint great Karla Del Grande is the top trackster. But touching is the choice for top fieldster — Olga Kotelko, who died almost a year ago at age 95 after setting Budapest worlds afire. CMA has named […]

June 12, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Olga Kotelko to star at Kamloops nationals — and in BBC profile

W90 superstar Olga Kotelko is competing this weekend at Canadian masters indoor nationals at Kamloops — site of last year’s indoor worlds. According to the local paper, Olga “is scheduled to compete in the 60, 200, 400, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put and weight throw.” Whew! And she just turned 92. But […]

March 16, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

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

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. […]

January 20, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Olga Kotelko story (and two other Ken Stone samples) need views

Sorry for the fire drill. If you have a moment, please check out three stories I wrote for TravelersToday.com. I submitted them Thursday, and they amount to a tryout for this national news site. The more pageviews, the better my chances. Please share these links on Twitter and Facebook, and Pinterest and other social media. […]

January 31, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Author’s TED Talk on Olga Kotelko keeps her legacy, lessons alive

Olga Kotelko, the late W95 superlegend, has been gone almost a year, but she’ll never be forgotten. Two days ago, Bruce Grierson’s TED talk on his book subject was posted on YouTube. He seems to go beyond what he wrote in “What Makes Olga Run?” by saying the key to her success had more to […]

May 6, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Olga Kotelko dies at 95; book fame followed years of world records

This hurts to write. Olga Kotelko is dead. I got the tragic news from her Canadian author friend Bruce Grierson on Tuesday afternoon: “A major blood vessel feeding Olga’s brain ruptured on Saturday night. Blood bled into brain tissue and caused severe swelling — technically it was an intracranial hemorrhage. She died this morning. Doctors […]

June 24, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  26 Comments

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 […]

December 29, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

NY Times tells Olga Kotelko’s secret: No decay in muscle chemistry

Olga Kotelko, the W90 phenom, is profiled in a stunningly well-researched article in the current New York Times Magazine. See it here. Near the end of Bruce Grierson’s report, we learn why Olga is able to set world records on a whim: “In October, the first of Kotelko’s muscle samples came back from the lab. […]

November 25, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Olga Kotelko went bonkers in Budapest (nine W95 world records)

In the 2010 movie “Herbstgold,” Italy’s Gabre Gabric is shown being peeved at Lahti worlds. She got beat in the W90 discus by Canada’s Olga Kotelko. But Olga stole the scene by comforting her rival and reminding her that, at 94, Gabre gave away a few years. Gabre got her revenge this week. In 10 […]

March 31, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Olga Kotelko and Jerry Smartt nicely profiled in home press

Jerry Smartt ran some M75 distance races at Lahti worlds, and though he didn’t bring home a medal, his visit was golden. It was a homecoming of sorts. In a great profile published today in the Columbia Missourian, he tells Sarah Nail: “I learned how to run when I first went to Finland in 1956. I […]

September 7, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Olga Kotelko lights fires under others with her spirit, example

If you’re not an inspiration already (for doing track and field at your age), you can expect to be at age 90. Sure happened for Olga Kotelko. Of course, it helps when you’re setting a gazillion world records. Olga of West Vancouver, British Columbia, also has an athlete’s character and spirit. Her local paper named […]

May 16, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

W85 Rachel Hanssens of Belgium may be next Olga Kotelko

Rachel Hanssens is no stranger to world records, but in the past two months, she’s outdone herself — and even the legendary Olga Kotelko. Belgium’s Rachel beat the listed Olga record in the throws pentathlon — twice. First was in early July and again (but lower score) at the Eurovets meet in Turkey. According to […]

August 30, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

W90 superstar Olga Kotelko continues her world record romp

Olga Kotelko just kills me. She claims at least 15 world records in the run-up to Lahti, sets eight WRs there, and then what?  She goes and sets some more a couple weekends ago at the British Columbia Senior Games in Richmond. Her most notable WR at Minoru Park was in the 400-meter dash. She […]

September 24, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Olga Kotelko video is on BBC: ‘I am what I am,’ W90 superstar says

What’s the most popular video subject on the BBC America website today? Japan? Libya? One-minute world news? Wrong on all counts. It’s Olga Kotelko, our W90 world-record superstar from British Columbia. She tells her story to freelancer Brandy Yanchyk. Olga is shown doing water training, weights and other stuff. Some of my photos from Lahti […]

March 29, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Olga! Olga! Olga! Olga! Olga! Olga! Olga! Seven WRs in W90!

A week ago, the Canadians held their masters nationals at Kamloops. The star of the show was no doubt Olga Kotelko, a 90-year-old ironwoman. Doug Smith, the Ontario masters maven, reports that Olga set seven world age-group records in three days! It helps that WMA doesn’t list WRs for W90s in several events. So she’s […]

July 25, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Kamloops sees Kotelko add 6 notches to her world record belt

They held a little meet in Kamloops over the weekend. A little lady named Olga Kotelko showed up. The result? BOOM! SIX more world records. I don’t know if the Canadian records czar will ratify marks set at the two-day Centennial meet at Hillside Stadium. But it shows our 95-year-old friend hasn’t let fame go […]

May 22, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

One-lap wonders: WRs to Del Grande, Mazzenga and Kotelko

I’ve lost count of the world records at Budapest worlds, with Canada’s Olga Kotelko and Karla Del Grande and Italy’s Emma Mazzenga setting new standards in the 200s Friday. (An earlier posting incorrectly said Guido Müller set a WR, too. Oops, my bad. Bob Lida’s record of 27.64 is still best.) But I can’t overlook […]

March 29, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

WMA counts 53 world records at Budapest; Olga shortchanged

World Masters Athletics has posted a list of 53 world records (indoor and out) set at Budapest last week. Many were news to me. But Olga Kotelko, who turned 95 just before worlds, didn’t get credit for one record — the high jump. She answered an email query (as part of research I’m doing for […]

April 10, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Olga goes overboard: Eight world records at Canadian meet!

No kidding. Olga Kotelko, who turned 90 on March 2, set 10 Canadian age-group records and eight world records last weekend at the two-day British Columbia Masters Championships in Nanaimo. Track results are here, and field event results are here. Meet maven Harold Morioka reported: “Olga broke five world records: 200 1:04.16 (-2.7 mps wind) old WR was 1:22.29 […]

May 29, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Book review: ‘What Makes Olga Run?’ could revolutionize society

Call it Aerobics 2.0. If boomers (and their parents) start rolling wine bottles under their backs at 3 a.m., drain the market of Sudoku puzzles and take up the Western roll, we’ll have Bruce Grierson to thank. Olga Kotelko, too. Five decades after Ken Cooper’s call to action fueled the running boom, “What Makes Olga […]

January 14, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments