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One on the One with Rob Quirk: Top Docs at US Olympic Training Center

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As we draw closer to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, the realization of years of training is finally coming into focus for our elite U.S. athletes.

However, making sure that these men and women, including our paralympians, are performing at their absolute peak takes a team effort. The two men who are leading that team, Doctor William Moreau and Doctor David Weinstein, sat down with me recently for a special Olympic edition of  "One on One".

The unique aspect of what they do, frankly, is timing. These men and women train their entire life for a 15 day run, so it is critical for team physicians, trainers, massage therapists, surgeons, you name it, to make sure they are at their competitive best when it counts.

"They have to be able to perform to the best of their ability, and become the best in the world on a particular day at a particular time." Doctor Moreau told me,

Doctor Weinstein, head team physician, takes it a step further, "Hopefully, we've helped them become healthy before they get here." 

No pressure, right?

These two men are on a single-minded mission with these elite athletes, making sure they are at their best physically and psychologically for those 15 days.

Doctor Weinstein, who is an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Colorado Springs as well, told me, "At the end of the day, all these athletes want to perform and we try to do our best to be able to let them do it within the realm of safety, at the end of the day, we want to make sure they are safe."

Their team consists of about 60 highly skilled specialists, who will be treating nearly four hundred athletes. The excitement and the challenge for Doctor Moreau, which he has taken on in previous Olympics, is clear.

"You don't know what the day will bring, and that's actually the kind of the fun part of delivering Olympic and Paralympic caliber sports medicine, meeting the challenge of the day is the fun part of the job," Moreau said.

Both men recently returned from a site visit in PyeongChang, and both are satisfied with the infrastructure in place. 

Doctor Weinstein told me "I felt very reassured after meeting with the State Department that there really will be no issues, it's a very safe place, very modern, very westernized, great technology," he said.

It's one less headache for these doctors who will have worked now a dozen Olympic games between them, uniquely qualified to not only understand the logistic challenges for their team, but dealing with highly competitive, intense super athletes, who are driven to succeed, but who also struggle with setbacks.

And Doctor Moreau said that these personal struggles, these internal battles, are what make the games so compelling for those of us who just marvel from afar.

"For me, it's extremely inspiring to see them come through challenges to come out on the back side with their chins up, trying always to get up when they're knocked down and there's a good lesson for us all to learn from that," Doctor Moreau said.

Doctor Weinstein told me that their workload can be overwhelming, but his team of competitive medical professionals accept the challenge. They performed more than 5,000 medical treatments during the summer games in Rio alone.

Here is a line from Doctor Moreau that sums up their mission, "If medicine does it's job well, you'll never know we were there."

Best of luck to our Olympic and Paralympic teams in South Korea from all of us who live here in "Olympic City USA."

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