Who are the people behind the Olympians?
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – A Rochester doctor says the pressures of the Olympics strain more than just the athletes.
Daniel Day with Rochester Regional Health has worked with Olympians on the aerial ski team in Lake Placid on the national level. He says those big Olympic performances come with plenty of people behind the scenes handling their own stress.
"I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the aerial stuff but first time doing that event I’m like man, I’m staying at the bottom of this and something goes wrong– like you want me to do what? So you kind of have those jitters it’s just like anytime you’re kind of first doing something, you know, i felt well trained. I felt all that but then you get at the bottom slope and you’re like geez, these guys are paying so far so high in the air and they’re coming down on a steep slope and you know, they hit hard and they bounce right back up. And i said okay, I’m getting used to this."
Day says it’s quite the process just to get into the medical pool. You got to have letters of recommendation and you must to go through an extensive system including background checks and specialized courses just to be ready and selected.