Physician Olympian

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30 Jul 2016 - General

Eric Heiden (1958-).Heiden went to medical school at Stanford University, then completed a residency in orthopedic surgery—emulating his father, who is also an orthopedic surgeon. He currently practices sports medicine. Eric Heiden is considered by many sports professionals to be the world's best speed skater. By the time he competed in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, Heiden had already broken several world records. 

Sir Roger Bannister (1929-). When Roger Bannister finished his medical training, he specialized in neurology with a focus on neurotransmitters. Knighted for his athletic achievement, Bannister retired in 1993. Roger Bannister (Figure 2) ran in the 1500-meter race at the 1952 Olympic Games, finishing fourth overall, though his time broke the existing British records for this event. In May 1954, at the age of 25, Bannister shattered the previous world's record for the mile with a time of 3:59.4 minutes.

Chuck Day (1914-1962).Day attended medical school, serving as a naval physician in the South Pacific. After the war, he practiced gynecology in Seattle. was a member of the University of Washington rowing team selected to represent the United States at the 1936 summer Olympics held in Berlin.

Lise Léveillé (1982-)She then earned a medical degree and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She now resides in Texas and is completing her training in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Léveillé represented Canada in the 2000 Olympics games as a gymnast 

Benjamin Spock (1903-1998). He was a member of the 1924 rowing team, which won a gold medal at the Paris Olympics.[17] After graduating from medical school, he became interested in baby care and child-rearing, which led to writing the best-selling book The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. Published in 1946 and translated into 42 languages, the book has sold over 50 million copies.