Here’s How Olympic Snowboarder Spencer O’Brien Overcame Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul talk with Spencer O’Brien about the challenges professional athletes face during competition while managing rheumatoid arthritis. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that has a severe impact on the joints and can affect other parts of the body as well due to severe swelling. For a professional athlete a diagnosis like this can be physically and emotionally devastating. For O’Brien it was finally an answer to why her body was failing her. She experienced low points, but like a great athlete she persevered, rebuilt herself and triumphed against the odds.

SPENCER O’BRIEN

SNOWBOARDING — TARGETING BEIJING 2022

2018 Olympian – Slopestyle and Big Air
2016 X Games Gold Medalist – Slopestyle
2014 X Games Bronze Medalist – Slopestyle
2014 Olympian – Slopestyle
2013 US Open Champion – Slopestyle
2013 FIS World Championship Gold Medalist – Slopestyle
2012 TTR World Championships Gold Medalist – Slopestyle
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