Iowa Games participants displaying their medals
From left: Drs. Braidee Foote, Joe Smith, Rachel Allbaugh, Ryan Breuer and Lionel Sebbag display their medals from the Iowa Games.

On the Podium

Don’t confuse these athletes with Dr. Lisa (Koll) Uhl, a 2018 DVM graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Uhl is a world-class athlete. She was a national champion distance runner for the Cyclones while an Iowa State undergraduate and she earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, competing in the 10,000 meters at the London Games.

This past summer, six College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members competed in Iowa’s version of the Olympics – the Iowa Games and came away with a significant amount of hardware.

Dr. Joe Smith, clinical assistant professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, has competed for a number of years in the Iowa Games. This year he medaled in the discus, shot put and high jump.

Other faculty members competing (and medaling)b this year included Dr. Rachel Allbaugh, associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences (long jump, discus, 1500 meters, high jump); Dr. Ryan Breuer, third-year large animal internal medicine resident (discus); Dr. Braidee Foote, 2nd-year ophthalmology resident (100-meter hurdles, 100 meters, discus, long jump); Dr. Lionel Sebbag, assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences (high jump, discus); and Dr. Jodi Smith, assistant professor of veterinary pathology (800 meters, 1500 meters).

“Ryan, Braidee, Lionel and myself all trained together to some extent,” Smith said. “And we received coaching from Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo (associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences) in the high jump.”

The Iowa Games takes place annually during July in Ames. Over 60 sports are offered with competitors competing in age groups.