H-OLYMPICS

Jul 19, 2012 6:05 PM by Andrew Masuda

Local doctor heads to London to help U.S. athletes defend Gold Medals

Central Coast orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Fow is headed to London to help the American beach volleyball teams go for the gold.

The Chief of Staff at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is part of a sports medicine team that will be in charge of tending to the four US Olympic beach volleyball teams, including two-time defending Gold Medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May, as well as defending Beijing Gold Medalists Todd Rogers of Solvang and Phil Dalhausser of Ventura.

Dr. Fow has covered pro beach volleyball tournaments for almost a decade. But this will be his first tournament overseas and his first Olympics.

"As it sinks in it's one of those things where you don't realize what you're going to. But I'm sure when I get there it'll be a little bit of an adjustment to say wow, we are important. There's some responsibility. They have Gold medals they want to win. I think they have good chances of doing it," said Fow.

Dr. Fow says he's heard smog is an issue in London and a cough is going around already. He said the forecast for rain during the Olympics will also impact beach volleyball players because it will make the sand harder and more compact. "The rain is going to be a stinker. Plus, it's cold there. So I think we'll be busier doing a lot of TLC and hopefully not a lot of acute care,"

He departs for London on July 23 and is there for almost the entire duration of the Olympics.

On top of working out of offices in Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande, Fow also serves as team physicians for Nipomo and Morro Bay High Schools.

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