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About Me

Olga King (nee Varlamova) was born and raised in Soviet Russia in a military family, lived in and traveled to many places, from Belarus to Eastern Siberia and from the Black Sea to the far reaches above the Arctic Circle.  She had a rich childhood with enough experiences and stories to fill a novel.  After graduating at the top of her class in high school, Olga attended medical school in Moscow where she graduated with an M.D. degree in Pediatrics. Shortly after, she moved to the United States, landing first in New York City where she would learn the English language and begin working in the Bio-Medical Research field as a Research Scientist for 20 years.  She has been published in over a dozen scientific papers. (full list)

But, her heart has always drifted back towards the unfulfilled childhood dream of helping others.  And, that passion for helping others was a motivating factor her decision to attend the Oregon School of Massage in Portland, Oregon and finishing her LMT licensing at the Texas Healing Arts Institute in Austin, Texas, in 2009. After a long career in Bio-Medical research, she finally decided to follow her heart and true calling in helping people in 2015 and fully transitioned to work full-time as a Massage Therapist. For 5 years she was a top therapist at Myo Massage near downtown Austin, TX. She maintains her private practice now at Balanced Rock Chiropractor in Colorado Springs, CO, where she found her home for good.

Olga has had a great success in the sport of ultra running and being a member of the best U.S. teams in the sport for over 12 years with variety of sponsors. Her experience includes 20 marathon finishes, over 120 ultra-marathon races with 20 100 mile races in the mountains, (including top-10 at Western States 100 and a Hardrock 100 finish), wins, top placing and course records in competitive fields all over United States from 50 km to 100 mile races, and various shorter distance races. Olga also has a vast background in backpacking long trails for over 30 years in a fast manner, including but not limited to the Wonderland Trail in Washington (93 M in 3 days), Tahoe Rim Trail (172 M in 6 days), the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail (460 miles in 15 days), 210 miles of PCT in Northern CA, setting an original self-supported FKT on Colorado Trail in 2018 (485 miles in 15 days), and establishing unsupported Collegiate Loop Trail unsupported FKT (165 miles in 3 days 14 hrs 47min).

Olga is an RRCA certified Running Coach (with great success of over 100 clients in all distances) and a NCSF Personal Trainer (and a participant in Body Figure Competition herself), as well as a certified Power Vinyasa Yoga instructor with 20 years of Baptiste and Bikram yoga practice experience.

Due to her medical background and high level curriculum in athletic background, Olga is extremely knowledgeable in Anatomy and Physiology and is skilled not only in traditional Swedish Relaxation massage with a lot of nurturing, but, moreover, in Deep Tissue technique, Sports Massage, and Pain Management. Her expertise also includes Pregnancy massage and being a certified Chiropractor  assistant. After a number of years break from ultrarunning due to developing fatigue syndrome, with her move to beloved Colorado mountain living, Olga is on her way to returning running ultramarathons and enjoying all that great outdoors have to offer in every season of the year. 

             My articles for EnduranceBuzz

                         My interview at iRunFar.com