The are only 4 days to go to the opening of the Olympics. I had my Venue Orientation Training session today and here is a photo of my “work place” for the next 3 weeks. It is called “The Jewel of the Olympics”.
What a beautiful building, of which I learned the ins and outs of today. Entry is first through Security and then Check-in, and only with accreditation (which I wear around my neck).
The Athlete Medical Services is one of the places I will be working on some shifts; and at other times on the field of play, which is right where the skating action is. All the equipment is top of the line, and readily available for any emergency.
Today was a training day for the athletes and it was exciting to watch the test races. These training race sessions are only open to those working at the venue, so you can imagine the security. It is a friendly environment, and it was nice to have an opportunity to talk with the speed skating medical teams from other countries.
-Gloria Cohen, MD