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  1. Alexandra Ross
    1. Correspondence to Alexandra Ross, Department of Medicine, University of Nottingham School of Medicine, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK; alexross12{at}

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    Fondest career memory?

    Working directly with my longtime friend, Cindy Chang, MD. We met through volleyball and in our residency training years despite an OSU and MSU rivalry. We planned to work together professionally despite jobs and families pulling us to opposite coasts. Then in 2008, with the Beijing Paralympics, we were both selected as physicians for team USA with the US Olympic Committee. All those years of practising my Mandarin made it twice as enriching.

    A letter to your high school self, what would it say?

    Dear Kathy, stop worrying about how people judge you. Realise that failure is only a means to greater success. Remember it is about the moments and the experience of living that creates a life. My extended family will tell you I still need to read these words as my perfectionist tendencies surface sometimes!

    Average weekday morning?

    Wake up before the family, let the dogs out, do yoga, read daily bible passage and get a workout in before kids go to school. Sometimes I plan the day over coffee or take the dogs for morning walk at sunrise.

    Most memorable sporting moment?

    I have been a part of some memorable sporting moments in my coverage with Team USA and colleges. I would have to pick something of my kids: the swim meets where they all hit their personal records in same meet, or my son hitting the shot to win his eighth grade basketball game—it was a drop step in low post, bank shot; poetry, just like we …

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    • Contributors As the sole author of this manuscript, I was solely responsible for compiling all of the interview responses and Press Box feedback into this current manuscript.

    • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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    • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

    • Collaborators Katherine Dec MD.