A year after Olga’s death, cheer those who keep her flame alive

W90 Nora is entered in six throws at Lyon. Rob Jerome  caught her at Lahti.

W90 Nora Kutti is entered in six throws at Lyon. Photographer Rob Jerome caught her at Lahti.

A year ago today, we lost Olga Kotelko — who at 95 seemed to be poised to rewrite that age group’s outdoor records (after claiming a slew of indoor bests). She is being remembered by British Columbia friends and others around the world. “We had our BC Masters Outdoor Championship/ Annual Pacific Invitational last weekend in Langley, BC,” writes Christa Bortignon. “It was there last year that she competed for the last time. Unfortunately, the weather was so bad last year that we both had decided not to run the 200m, it was 12 degrees, windy and raining on that Saturday. She never came back on the Sunday. when she was going to trying to break some more records for W95. We all miss her. She inspired and encouraged me to start track and field.”

Her friend Bruce Grierson, who wrote “What Makes Olga Run,” told me: “Nothing formal planned for the 24th, but Olga’s daughter Lynda is having a few people for dinner to raise a glass to her mom.”

So who will be the next Olga? Who could? But let’s celebrate the oldest woman at Lyon worlds — who Rob Jerome identifies as 92-year-old Nora Kutti of Estonia. Go Nora, go!

Like this post? Dig this site? Please donate. (And here’s why.)

Print Friendly

June 24, 2015

Leave a Reply