Jack Taunton is responsible for basic and emergency health and doping control for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – photo by Martin Dee
A ski jumper lands wrong and breaks her spine. Food poisoning takes out a bobsled team. A skate blade clips a speed skater and blood gushes onto the ice.
These are just some of the nightmare scenarios that UBC’s Jack Taunton is busy preparing for as VANOC’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the 2010 Winter Games. Responsible for basic and emergency health care and doping control for 2010, Taunton will be in Beijing this summer monitoring medical programs for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
“For a sports physician, being CMO for 2010 is a dream come true,” says Taunton, who is assembling a team of 2,700 medical volunteers to care for the more than 1.5 million spectators, media, volunteers and athletes expected to attend. “It doesn’t get any better than the biggest international sporting event in your city and country.”
“We are working to make these the safest, healthiest games ever,” says Taunton, who co-founded both Vancouver’s Sun Run and UBC’s Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic. “We want our games drug-free, tobacco-free and — an Olympic first — transfat-free,” he says. VANOC medical partners include B.C.’s Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the IOC.
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