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  1. I'm doing a lot of reading on sarcopenia and other muscle-related topics lately. I'm 65, which is the threshold of the steep decline in muscle mass, so I've developed an almost unhealthy interest in the topic. As part of my reading I've begun Bruce Grierson's book What Makes Olga Run? Olga Kotelko died at 95 a couple of years ago (of a cerebral hemorrhage), but up until her last year of life she was involved in track and field competitions. The notable thing is that she maintained a great deal of her muscle mass into her 90s. I remember reading a few years ago that researchers at McGill University were running tests on her to try to determine why sarcopenia largely spared her. Kotelko herself expressed as much curiosity as anyone else about why her muscle mass and athletic performance declined so little, but guessed that it was a combination of genetics and continued activity.
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