Sunday, July 13, 2008

Asthma Doesn't Stop Jeanette Bolden, Coach of the U.S. Women's Track & Field Team

Revolution Health has posted an excellent interview with Jeanette Bolden, coach of the U.S. Women's Track & Field Team that will compete in the Beijing Olympics.

Coach Bolden competed in the 1984 Olympics herself (where she earned a gold medal in the sprint relay), but had to keep an inhaler and other medication nearby because of her asthma.

Although many athletes and fans worry about asthma-like symptoms resulting from Beijing's high levels of air pollution, Jeanette Bolden does not seem too concerned: "I think [tourists who visit Beijing] actually have a lower risk than they would inside the United States. Allergic reactions are a defensive response from the body, and ordinarily that requires that you've had a prior exposure to the allergen."

In her opinion, heat and humidity will be a greater challenge for the athletes. And she ought to know -- she's both an athlete and a doctor.

In the interview, Bolden lists the three requirements that her peers used when they selected her to coach the 2008 Women's Track & Field Team: "eligible candidates must have 1) been an Olympian 2) been a coach for a number of years 3) coached Olympians." Jeanette Bolden meets those requirements, and obviously exceeds them. Out of a large field of former Olympians, she was selected.

Concluding thoughts from Coach Bolden:

"I'm looking forward to a fantastic Olympic games. We have so many wonderful Olympic athletes this year – I just know it's going to be great."


Dr. Val said...

Thanks so much for the link. It was a pleasure interviewing Jeanette. One little correction - Jeanette is not a physician, but I interviewed her physician for the blog post at Revolution Health. :)


Dr. Val

Anonymous said...

Olympics President Asked to Remove Triathlon, Marathon, and Cycling Out of Beijing's Deadly Carcinogenic Smog

May I ask your help in getting the word out aboutthis below, please?
Despite Rogge's air pollution cheer from Lausanne, Switzerland, in which he dismissed all of these concerns, I would like you to be
aware of my latest article:

Jacques Rogge and Olympic Committee: Please move Marathon, Triathlon, and Cycling out of Beijing's Deadly Air Pollution! Carbon Monoxide, Industrial
Pollution,Lead,Particulate Matter, Ozone....

Please read my most recent article, in which I ask Jacques Rogge and the International Olympic Committee to move the venues for the Endurance
Competitions, like Marathon, Triathlon, and Cycling, out of Beijing's Smog:
[please also see:
[title: Beijing's Infernal Air Pollution Will Kill A Few Olympic Athletes; Most US Athletes Will Wear Masks While Preparing for Their Events]

Stephen Fox, Managing Editor Santa Fe Sun News