As the magical aqua blue waters part and swallow up the destination of the goddess like female diver, once underneath the gates of the watery kingdom, do we really know where she goes?

Probably not. Only she knows for sure.

With the spectacular former Olympic Diver Abby Johnston, at least outside of the waters we know where her pathways lead us and three of the many are fascinating. article, photo via Yahoo Sports

Let’s start with her swimming resume.

Her nickname being Abby, Abigail Louise Johnston, and now that the 2016 Olympics in Rio is complete, our star is a retired American diver.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won a silver medal in the Women’s synchronized 3 meter springboard with partner Kelci Bryant.

She ended America’s 12-year medal drought in all diving events with Bryant in the 3-meter synchronized event.

Abby Johnston earned a trip to the 2016 Olympic Games after scoring a 70.50 in the fifth round of Olympic Trials. article, photo via Charlotte Observer

Here are some of her extraordinary accomplishments.

  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 12th (individual 3-meter)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, silver medalist (synchronized 3-meter)
  • 2015: 21st (3-meter); Ninth (synchronized 3-meter)
  • 2011: Sixth (1-meter)
  • Seven-time senior national champion (6 in synchronized 3-meter, 1 in individual 3-meter)
  • Won the 2011 NCAA Championships on 3-meter to become Duke’s first NCAA champion (in 2009, she became the first Duke diver to qualify for NCAAs)
  • Four-time World Cup team member (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  • Finalist on 3-meter at 2010 World Cup
  • Medaled in synchronized 3-meter in 11 international competitions with six different partners, dating back to 2008.
  • 2009 World University Games team member

So that was a measure of her swimming journey that we have been very fortunate to see.

Up to this time she has been entertaining, mesmerizing and involved in inspiring lives. article, photo via NBC Olympics

In the coming years she will have a chance to save them.

“I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean.”… James Cameron

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Duke University and during the 2016 Olympics in Rio was a medical student at Duke, expecting to graduate as a medical doctor from Duke University School of Medicine in 2018.

Whatever Abby sets her mind out to do, we know that she will achieve her goal with stellar results.

According to, Abby is not the first high-profile athlete to navigate Duke’s medical program, however, and has taken advice from Dr. Georgia Schweitzer Beasley, who was the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001 and played in the WNBA before graduating from Duke’s medical school in 2008.

The world certainly needs more female doctors and we will talk about that in a second but first we would love to travel to Abby’s birthplace of Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus is the capital of Ohio. article, photo via

It is the 15th largest city in the United States, with a population of 850,106 (2015 estimate).

It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which encompasses a ten county area. It is Ohio’s third largest metropolitan area, behind Cleveland and Cincinnati.

In 2012, Columbus was ranked in BusinessWeek‘s 50 best cities in America.

If it wasn’t on your itinerary to visit, there are a number of enticing reasons why you might want to reconsider.

Excitement abounds at “There’s an energy and excitement in Columbus that’s going to hit you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you’re invited to join in. The city is booming, and not just in population.

The Columbus Museum of Art added a spectacular new wing, and the Scioto Mile puts 33 acres of new riverfront parkland in the heart of downtown.

The innovative food scene melds artisan food producers with imaginative chefs to create meals that are far greater than the sum of their parts. Nationally acclaimed distilleries work together with brewers, coffee roasters and high-end cocktail bars, black box stages, music halls and dive bars to deliver unforgettable nightlife.

Neighborhoods on all sides of downtown are bursting with new places to eat and shop, and artists are shaping new areas of the city into dynamic spaces to explore. It’s time to get to know the Columbus that grew up when you weren’t looking.”

Good to know. We are absolutely looking at Columbus now.

Lonely Planet visited and found it very tasty. They educate, “In German Village, shovel in Old Country staples like sausage and schnitzel, but save room for the whopping half-pound cream puffs. Oompah bands play Wednesday to Saturday.” article, photo via Columbus Neighborhoods

One of the eateries that begs to be visited on an empty stomach is the legendary Schmidt’s eatery and restaurant.

At they are nice enough to share some of their fascinating story. “Born just north of Frankfurt Germany, patriarch J. Fred Schmidt journeyed to America and settled in south Columbus in the early 1880’s. Opening the J. Fred Schmidt Meat Packing House in 1886 in the heart of German Village, Schmidt’s became Central Ohio’s most well-known name in meats and is to this day sold in leading grocery stores around the country.

Today, the family tradition of day-to-day operations of this uniquely diverse hospitality company is carried out by the fourth generation of the Schmidt family. The Schmidt name is recognized throughout central Ohio and the nation as a leader in quality specialty restaurants, catering and unequaled banquet facilities as well as retail sales and fair and festival food services. Pictured left to right are John, Geoff and Andrew Schmidt.”

Their food looks so good we could just dive into the pictures head first, arms out.

Abby has emerged from a very desirable village.

With marriage on the horizon, her pathways in life seem to be just beginning and building like wonderful crystal blue waves.

We’ll keep watching and cheering. Her glory in the pool mostly done, we have a visiting female writer that speaks to the importance of women increasingly pursing medical careers.

Unsurprisingly, Ladies Are Taking The Medical Field By Storm Numerically article, photo via NBC Olympics

By Amy Ortiz 

Recently there has been a shift in the field of medicine that will alter the shape and face of health care for years to come. In the United States, women are embarking on careers in the medical field in remarkable numbers. The percentage of men and women applying for spots in medical school has been about equal for the last few years. Lately though, the number of women applying for medical school has increased dramatically.

Ever since the feminist movement occurred, the view of what women should do for a living has changed greatly. In fact, other career paths such as law and engineering are also seeing more women entering the arena than ever before. The fire lit by the feminist movement wasn’t just under women. Society as a whole has been asked to think and behave differently. Medical schools are expected to grant slots to more women. Anti-discrimination laws have also opened up many traditionally male areas of study, though enforcement of the laws often takes many years and can sometimes be spotty.

You won’t find any recent data available for a dropout rate among female medical school students. Even though in previous years there were more women who dropped out than men, these women didn’t drop out for academic reasons. Women who are currently in the medical field assume the dropout rate is probably equal these days among men and women because their numbers have went from being a minority to being a much larger minority than they were. Because of more women going into the medical field, a lot of the old traditions that were discriminatory have been put to rest.

A prime example? There is the professor who opened his class by telling a joke. He felt like it was friendly to tell a little icebreaker. The joke was – which of these three things doesn’t belong; woman, sex, an egg, or a rug, and he answered “Sex, because you can’t beat sex.” Even though this joke is quite tame compared to some of the things these women hear on an everyday basis, it doesn’t help the thought along that women are equal to men. These practices and jokes may come to an end soon as the women begin to stand up and show that they are capable of doing it.

The ladies aren’t only dealing with crude humor by men, there are also other things that make no sense like the case of the student who wasn’t allowed to participate in a physical examination of a male patient because he would be naked and she would be able to see his genitals. But in another room not far away, the woman’s husband was allowed to perform an exam on a woman. There was also the issue of the admissions interview where a woman was always asked about her career outlook, as well as her outlook on marriage and having a family, while these questions were never asked of men. Additional problems include the fact that there are very few women serving on the faculties and admission committees for the medical schools, as well as the typical belief that women are less likely to practice once they graduate, which has prevented many women from entering specialized fields, especially surgical areas.

One of the most common questions in an admission interview was about whether a woman would choose marriage or career, and there is denial as to whether this particular question led to being denied access to medical school. They believe that some male interviewers will use the woman’s answer against her regardless of her response. For example, if a student states that if she did have children she would have someone care for them while she was working, the interviewer would suggest that she just stay home and have babies. If she says she’s going to raise her children, the interviewer will argue that the candidate doesn’t have the necessary commitment.

In more and more interview sessions, it became obvious that the perception is that female physicians are not as objective as male physicians. Once in a while, this perception has been exposed as just another stereotype. A woman who was in her second year of medical school indicated that she had witnessed a number of ruthless females and a few emotionally-charged males, however the reverse was usually accepted as a component of the ways in which men and women differ.

One dean at a prominent medical school commented that women actually bring much to table in the field and that traits that are seen more in women are in fact positive and make them good doctors. Females are often raised to be expressive and emotional, both of which can end up being an advantage for a physician in a medical practice. Males tend to be more aggressive which is a trait that can work against them in medicine. But, she states that neither characteristic is a given in either gender.

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