As superstars in their fields, Sky Christopherson and Eric Topol share something in common: digital health. In fact, Christopherson, a former Olympic athlete on the US Cycling team, credits Topol as his inspiration for using digital health analytics to help break world records. Christopherson’s personal experiment, titled ‘Data not Doping,’ was designed to help him regain his health after retirement and immerse himself in the Seattle startup culture – and, ultimately, it helped him break a world record.
“The beauty of this ‘Data not Doping’ or ‘Data not Drugs’ model is that it utilizes off-the-shelf technologies available to everyone,” Christopherson says. Retaining personal data is empowering because it provides objective insights over time to help realize personal potentials in a sustainable manner. His mission is to make this software available to any consumer, helping them discover sustainable health to reach their ‘personal golds.’
“The Sky’s the limit with the right team surrounding you,” the punny Olympian added. He believes that success for entrepreneurs and athletes comes from creating a vision that resonates with personal ethos, and recruiting a team that cultivates that vision. “Remember, doubt is natural and you must recreate your vision and re-commit to it on a daily – sometimes, hourly – basis. And of course, use analytics to finesse your four foundations of successful performance: sleep, exercise, nutrition and well-being.”
Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
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