Amy Peterson

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Amy Peterson (born 29 November 1971) is an American short track speed skater. She has competed in five consective Olympic games from 1988-2002.


After competing in the 1994 Winter Olympics, Peterson became ill with mononucleosis. Within a year she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). She cut back on all her activities, including her part-time job and college studies in an attempt to continue training. She managed to continue, although inconsistently - some days having to cut back on training and others having to retire to bed. After two years of illness, she recovered, and qualified to compete in the 1998 Olympics.[1]

In 2002, however, Peterson reported that she was still struggling with symptoms of CFS, including chronic fatigue, headaches, and brain fog.[2] Her performance had been in decline since she became ill and in 2005 she failed to qualify in her last bid for the Olympic games.[3]

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  1. Montero, Roberto Patarca (28 Dec 1999), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Advances in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Basic Science Research; What Does the Research Say?, CRC Press, p. 14-15, ISBN 9780789006974 
  2. ProHealth - Amy Peterson: A PWC (Person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) at the Olympics
  3. The New York Times - Davis Falls Short in Push for the Short-Track Team

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