At age 75, Olga Kotelko quit her slo-pitch team and went looking for a tougher challenge. At an age when most of us wonder if we should still drive a car, Olga found herself a new sport. Nearly twenty years later, at an age most of us will never see, she’s a world champion.
Olga is most certainly a genetic outlier, one of those rare, blessed people whose bodies resist the ravages of time. More remarkably, she’s not alone; men and women all over the world compete vigorously in very old age. But her secret, and theirs, is more than just the luck of the gene pool. The ways in which these competitors exploit their genetic good fortune contain invaluable lessons for the rest of us.
Forthcoming in January 2014 from Random House Canada and Henry Holt, the true story of a scientific marvel.
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