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Meet Olga Kotelko, 95-Year-Old Athlete

“Your age is just a number, and it’s how you age which makes the difference. If you're active and you're working and you're aspiring to do better, that's how you grow.”

Most people would be content with winning at least one gold medal. Breaking a world record would be the accomplishment of a lifetime. For Olga Kotelko, records were made to be broken. After 70 years of competition, she amassed over 750 gold medals. You read that right.

The track-and-field star set 26 world records when she competed in the 90-94 age group. She has 37 total world records. She ran sprints, did three different jumps and five different throws.

Research on how Kotelko was able to continue competing even into old age can be found in the autobiography she co-wrote with Roxanne Davies. But research aside, Kotelko will be the first to reveal her secrets of competing her whole life.

“Your age is just a number, and it’s how you age which makes the difference. If you’re active and you’re working and you’re aspiring to do better, that’s how you grow.”

Many people have accepted that aging is a sign to stop. Not Kotelko. “I just want to keep on going… I’ll keep on going until I drop, I guess. That’s when I’ll have to stop.”