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Publisher's Summary

In What Makes Olga Run? Bruce Grierson explores what the wild success of a 94-year-old track star can tell us about how our bodies and minds age. Olga Kotelko is not your average 94-year-old. She not only looks and acts like a much younger woman, she holds over 23 world records in track and field, 17 in her current 90 to 95 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 our golden years.
©2014 Bruce Grierson (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Exhilarating.... A stimulating and inspiring read for all." (Library Journal, Starred Review)
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By Marci on 05-27-14

I can't stop talking about this book

I have told a half dozen friends about this book. I can't stop talking about it. It was so interesting and fascinating and I'll go so far to say life changing.
The genius of this book is the how fun it is to get to know Olga as a person while you learn a ton about the scientific reasons why some people age better than others.
This book is dense with facts, studies, and scientific theories that are interesting. I learned a lot--facts and information that I can apply to my own life. But all that denseness is lightened by Olga.
Olga is just fun to know. She's awe-inspiring as a person and it was truly entertaining to learn about all her feats.
The narrator was great.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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By Elizabeth on 04-25-17

Truly enjoyed

Would you listen to What Makes Olga Run? again? Why?

Not sure if I would listen again, but enjoyed the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Olga of course. I loved her attitude.

Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It was a good listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I mostly listened while I was driving.

Any additional comments?

Olga is an inspiration and a reminder that we can do anything if we put our minds to it.

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