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Olympic gold doctor
  1. Dee Arnold
  1. Correspondence to Dee Arnold, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, UK; deearnold{at}hotmail.com

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Stephanie Cook was the winner of the gold medal in the modern pentathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and went on to become European and world champion in 2001. She retired from competition in 2001 to return to medicine as a full-time doctor. Dee Arnold caught up with her.

How was your medical training?

My first 2 years at Cambridge gave me a chance to be a proper student and get involved. My sister was a cox for the university rowing team, and although I’d never rowed before, I decided to give it a go. Eventually, I rowed as part of the crew that beat Oxford—an unforgettable memory.

I studied social anthropology in my intercalated year, which also looked at how cultures and societies view health. It has given me a wider understanding of patients’ beliefs and expectations about health in our cosmopolitan society.

Who are your heroes?

Eric Liddell, of the Chariots …

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