As the world prepares to celebrate the start of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, two Team USA Olympians are of special interest to the health and medicine community. In a list from Team USA about 100 storylines to follow for the Rio 2016 Olympic games, Team USA diver/medical student Abby Johnston and rower/physician Gevvie Stone are highlighted. Read the full list here.
“16 - Abby Johnston must be a champion multi-tasker. After winning the Olympic silver medal in 3-meter synchronized diving, she took the plunge into medical school at Duke University. Johnston didn’t give up diving though, so will another medal in Rio be just what the doctor-to-be ordered?”
“36 - Paging Dr. Stone. The doctor is in – single sculls, that is. Gevvie Stone will try to win the first U.S. medal in the event since Michelle Guerette took silver in 2008. Stone had planned to retire after the London 2012 Olympic Games and finish medical school at Tufts University. But her seventh-place finish seemed to promise even faster races in the future. Stone kept her oars in the water and won silver and bronze medals in world cup regattas last year and was fourth at the world championships. Stone is the daughter of 1976 Olympian Lisa Hansen, who finished seventh in women’s coxed quadruple sculls in Montreal, and 1980 Olympian Gregg Stone, who missed the Moscow Games because of the boycott. Her father is also her coach.”
Dr. Stone is scheduled to start her Women’s Single Sculls competition on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Abby Johnston will start competing in the Women’s 3m Springboard on Friday, August 12, 2016.
Good luck to Dr. Stone and Duke Medical School student Abby Johnston. Please join us in cheering them on by sending them a good luck message at their Twitter accounts: