Off-Road Touring with Dr. Marcinko [Part II]

Meeting Olympic Champions

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™


Dateline: Saturday June 27, 2009MGH Bike Race

I attended the Superior BMX Bike Fest today, sponsored in-part by Marquette General Hospital [MGH] and held for amateur and professional cyclists, alike. These brave riders in downtown Marquette MI; segregated by gender and age groups, rode mostly carbon bicycles. Female winner of the Twilight Criterium was 22 year old Sarah Maguire, of Team Priority Health, and the defending state champion. Her time was 33:14.6 for the urban and very hilly short course. The first place male winner was Derek Graham at 28:15.5, and the second place winner was Graham Howard, a former pharmacy graduate student, also from powerhouse Team Priority Health. All were given a hearty ME-P congratulatory “shout-out”, as my services in the medical-tent went un-needed for the entire event.

Apolo, Shani and RyanOEC

Shani Davis, of Marquette High School, is a former US Olympic Education Center [USOEC] ice skater and 1,000 meter Olympic gold medalist at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. He is also a close friend of Apolo Anton Ohno who was here to participate in the US Short Track National Speed Skating Trials. Fans of the sport may recall that Apolo is a five time Olympian speed ice-skating medalist and most recent “Dancing with the Star’s” winner. So, he took a celebratory bike ride through the city while in town practicing with the US Olympic team at the nearby Berry Events Center. Both Shani and Apolo cheered for former USOEC speed skater Ryan Bedford, while remaining very approachable to their considerable fan base. I was lucky enough to briefly chat-them-up at the races. All young men are fine examples of amateur athletics in the truest Olympic tradition. 

About Off Road with Dr. Marcinko

These sporadic off-road segments will continue through-out my 2009 summer promotional tour. On the one hand, formal attendance at several engagements was a bit sparse because of the death of several recent celebrities and entertainer types. On the other hand, local book stores and sponsors noted a spike in our CD and book sales, as well as interest in our online program and premier quarterly guide: Healthcare Organizations [Journal of Financial Management Strategies]

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