Temple Philadelphia to Rio!

A rising star in track and field and a seasoned podiatrist—both with ties to Temple University—are participating in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Ajee’ Wilson, Class of 2017, and Mark Mendeszoon, POD ’93, will be among the throngs heading to Rio this month. The two are taking their distinct talents to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Wilson, a rising star in women’s track and field, will make her Olympic debut in the women’s 800 meter race. The last time an American woman won a medal in the event was in 1984—a bit of history Wilson hopes to change. She placed second in the U.S. Olympic Trials and was selected as a medal contender in the latest issue of Runner’s World magazine.

Mendeszoon, a podiatrist based in Chardon, Ohio, returns to the games as a personal physician to five track and field athletes. He traveled to London for the 2012 games with his patient Jenn Suhr, who won the gold medal in the women’s pole vault. It’s an experience he’s eager to repeat.

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