Amy Peterson (born 29 November 1971) is an American short track speed skater. She has competed in five consective Olympic games from 1988-2002.
Illness[edit | edit source]
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.
In 2002, however, Peterson reported that she was still struggling with symptoms of CFS, including chronic fatigue, headaches, and brain fog. 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.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Montero, Roberto Patarca (Dec 28, 1999), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Advances in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Basic Science Research; What Does the Research Say?, CRC Press, p. 14-15, ISBN 9780789006974
- ProHealth - Amy Peterson: A PWC (Person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) at the Olympics
- The New York Times - Davis Falls Short in Push for the Short-Track Team
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.