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Part science book, part journey into the untapped potential
of the human spirit, this is the remarkable story of a 94-year-old
track and field champion (not retired).
Olga Kotelko is most certainly a
genetic outlier, one of those rare, blessed people whose bodies
resist the degradations of age. More remarkably, she''s not alone;
there are men and women all over the world competing at ages at
which most of us will be lucky even to be alive. But her secret,
and theirs, isn''t just the luck of the gene pool. It''s in the
stories of how they exploit their genetic good fortune where the
lessons for the rest of us may be found. Author Bruce Grierson,
whose much-read 2010 New York Times Magazine piece first
brought attention to Olga''s remarkable story, accompanies the
nonagenarian Canadian to track meets to see her in action, and to
research facilities around North America where he and medical
researchers hope to learn the secrets of her thriving tissues and
age-resistant DNA. And perhaps most importantly, she welcomes him
and us into her world, where we learn that your life might benefit
most of all from how you live it.