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ACSM President Reflects on Olympic Torchbearer Experience

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, ACSM President Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, carried the Olympic torch in Strathmore, Alberta, Canada (near Calgary). President Pivarnik was one of several ACSM members who participated in the historic relay. Here, President Pivarnik shares an insider's view of his torchbearer experience.

Q: What notable names did you have a chance to meet during your visit to Calgary?
A: Certainly Elizabeth Nabel (former Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute), Judith Palfrey (President of the American Academy of Pediatrics), and Jess Pavlinac (President of the American Dietetic Association) come to mind from a professional perspective. For instance, I had a nice chat with Dr. Palfrey about ACSM and AAP increasing our collaborations, and Jess Pavlinac even said at the after-party that our little "hip bump" [as she was handing the torch to me] signified our two organizations working more closely together! And the teens that ran the torch with us – man, if they represent the future of this country, we are in good shape! more

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