Olga Kotelko and Bruce Grierson discuss 'What Makes Olga Run: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives' on Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
TODAY's Natalie Morales gets a workout with Olga Kotelko, a 94-year-old athlete who is breaking more than two dozen world records in 11 different states with her incredible health, strength and stamina.
Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Don DeLillo, Ron Carlson, Lorrie Moore, Charles Baxter, Tad Friend, David Foster Wallace, David Carkeet, Ian Brown, Amy Hempel, Ian Parker, Michael Ondaatje, John Vaillant, Al Purdy, David Kirby.
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
DeLillo, End Zone, The Names; John McPhee, Encounters with the Archdruid; Keath Fraser, Taking Cover; Martin Amis, The Information; Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; DF Wallace, Infinite Jest; James Dickey, Deliverance.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“Put down the book, pick up the kid.”
What is your favorite quote?
“You only fail when you start blaming other people.”—Steve Prefontaine
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q. Is that true?
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to figure out my family – and so, roundabout, myself. (The anchor anecdote in U-Turn was the religious conversion experience of my grandfather.)
Where do you write?
In a big wingback chair in the living room.