We love the thrill of competition that the Olympic Games injects into the SERMO Community, so we couldn’t resist asking doctors on SERMO all about their thoughts on the recently-concluded 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
In that spirit, we launched an Olympics-themed promotion, and asked doctors questions ranging from, “Do you believe the use of performance-enhancing drugs is rampant among Olympic athletes?” to “Have you ever injured yourself doing a winter sport?”
However, our favorite responses came from doctors sharing their favorite part about the Olympics:
“For the opening ceremonies, I mainly like to see who was picked to light the flame.” – Physical Medicine, US
“Opening parade with flags and teams marching.” – Family Medicine, US
“The Passing of the Torch!” – Family Medicine, US
“Seeing all the different outfits/costumes is my favorite part.” – Internal Medicine, US
“Ice dancing, I love it.” – Ophthalmology, US
“My favorite part of opening ceremonies is ‘the moment of showing 5 rings’. And I always wonder when all continents will be together like rings, when there will be no war anywhere.” – Internal Medicine, Turkey
“The color commentary. It’s quite similar to a skating routine…The artful references to recent or past performances, the weather, the shameful (or wonderful) preparation of the courses. Just a matter of the technical and artistic merit.” – Hematology, US
“I love watching the athletes. They are so young and so excited. They are full of national pride.
The pageantry is always awesome.” – Obstetrics & Gynecology, US
“I like watching the opening ceremony, especially the smaller delegations with only 1-3 people competing. I heard Singapore, the small and hot country is sending someone for the first time. Before applying to medical school, I was thinking if I could get on the Olympic team so that my application would be different. However, that was only a thought for a few minutes one evening.” – Ophthalmology, US
“Watching the tiny contingents from tiny countries that are guaranteed not to win a medal marching more cheerily than the gigantic squads representing the ‘medal factories’.” – Emergency Medicine, US
“I enjoy seeing who gets chosen to carry the country’s flag.” – Family Medicine, US
“What I like the most about the ceremony is watching how the country makes up the most beautiful ways to show all of their culture to the world.” – General Practice, Mexico
“Great to see the world get together and forget about everything else for a couple of weeks.” – General Practice, Canada
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