January 19, 2022

The Russian Granny Made of Steel


The Russian Granny Made of Steel

"I have enough safety margin for a lot more. Nothing is impossible, even at such a venerable age. Take care of yourself, dear friends, and never be afraid of anything."

– Maria Koltakova, The "Steel Granny" of Belgorod

Self-proclaimed "Steel Granny" and veteran of World War II Maria Koltakova set a new record in the city of Belgorod this week: Koltakova stood on nails for 100 seconds in celebration of her 100th birthday.

This is not Koltakova's first rodeo in the record-making world, as she has set more than ten records in Russia, including those in parachuting, scuba diving, and even riding along with a biker club that goes by the name of "Night Wolves."

While Koltakova's records are encouraging to us all, it is really her heroic acts during World War II that truly show her indestructible, and steel-like ambition for life. Koltakova fought in the Battle of Kursk, was part of the liberation of over a dozen cities, and carried many wounded out of the battlefield. because of her heroic deeds she was awarded several medals and has been venerated for her courage and military merit.

 

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