Where Are They Now?
What do Kendall Beck, Lise Léveillé and Stacy Sprando have in common? Besides being former world-class gymnasts, I mean. Well, believe it or not, after competing on that Stanford team that won the PAC-10 championship and tied for third in the NCAA championship, all three went on to medical school and then became successful physicians on staff at university-affiliated teaching hospitals. The three of them, all on the same team. That seems like a really amazing thing to me, something worthy of note. Amazing or not, it’s probably time that I introduce them.
Kendall Beck in 2004 was a senior, a former elite, National Champion on Balance Beam in 1997 and was a member of the US Junior National Team in 1996-97 and Senior National Team 1997-2000, competing for Team USA at the 1997 World Championships, and also competed at the 2000 US Olympic Trials, but had to withdraw due to injury. Today she is Kendall Beck, MD, gastroenterologist on staff at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and assistant professor with the UCSF Dept. of Medicine.
Lise Léveillé was also a senior on the 2004 Stanford squad, and a former member of the Canadian National Team, representing her home country in the 2000 Olympic Games. Today she is Lisa Léveillé, MD, staff orthopædic pediatric surgeon at BC (British Columbia) Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, as much a star in the field of medicine as she was a star in international gymnastics.
2004 was the only year all three of these athletes were on the same team, since Beck and Léveillé were seniors and Sprando was a freshman. I’m lucky to have seen them in that one season they were together, just as I am lucky to have seen so many other incredibly talented scholar-athletes over the years. Just add this to the long, long list of reasons I love college gymnastics.