CLEVELAND -- Those who make the Olympic team are the cream of the crop, the best in their field of sport. Dr. Mike Canales, a podiatric surgeon at St. Vincent Charity Hospital has unique insight into what makes an Olympic champion and how to fix their most common injuries.
Dr. Canales knows what it takes to be at the top of the gymnastics world. He was a nationally ranked gymnast when he competed at Ohio State University and was part of the National Championship team. You also may have heard of his wife, Olympic Gold medalist, Dominique Moceanu. One of the "Magnificent Seven" on the 1996 Gold medal women's team.
They met in the early 90s and eventually married in 2006. The couple has two children, who are already involved in gymnastics.
Dr. Canales is now a coach but when competition ended for him he went to medical school.
"As an athlete I suffered a lot of foot and ankle injuries, I know how frustrating that is in my sport of gymnastics. Foot and ankle injuries are unfortunately very frequent so I think there was kind of that primal draw to helping out my fellow gymnasts and fellow athletes," Dr. Canales says that's why he chose podiatric surgery.
He's also involved in helping members of the U.S. Men's Gymnastics team competing for gold in London.
"This could quite possibly be the strongest Olympic team, for the men, that we've assembled since 1984," Dr. Canales says.
As a coach who's "been there, done that," his advice is priceless.
"I am a sounding board for many of the athletes, the current athletes, they value my experience not only as a physician but also as an athlete."
He also reminds them how lessons in sport can affect them in life.
"I tell them, gymnastics is what you do, it's not who you are."
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