Team Canada withstood a furious late rally from Team USA and took home the 2016 IR Olympia (Film Panel) championship on Monday.
This year’s film panel featured a hockey theme, and from the opening moments when the classic theme of “Hockey Night in Canada” played and two teams took the stage, the hosts seemed in control.
In this “Jeopardy”-styled contest focused on fun, teams picked from six categories, five medial categories — Devices, Materials and Methods, Diagnostic Non Vascular, Milestones in IR and Diagnostic Vascular — along with the potpourri-type category WTF. It concluded with a Final Jeopardy question. The rinkside announcing team of Jason Wong, MD, and David M. Liu, MD, FSIR, kept the near sellout crowd up to date with postquestion commentary.
Once referee Daniel Sze, MD, PhD, started the game, the host Canadians were on the attack. The team of Cori E. Caughlin, MD, Michael L. Martin, MD, Amol Mujoomdar, MD, Gilles P. Soulez, MD, and David Valenti, MD, rushed out to a 900-point lead minutes into the match. The lead continued to grow heading into the intermission that brought the crowd to its feet thanks to a T-shirt toss.
Trailing 2,400–300 at the break, Team USA’s Theresa M. Caridi, MD, Charles E. Ray Jr., MD, PhD, FSIR, Clifford R. Weiss, MD, FSIR, Dominic Carl Yee, MD, and Julie M. Zaetta, MD, regrouped. The Americans built their rally on well-timed, increasingly expensive, and — completely legal under the rules — bribes of Dr. Sze to get critical hints for difficult questions. Team Canada showed some vulnerability and even had to take a penalty for improper use of a smartphone early in the final period.
The Americans also got a lift with the arrival of former SIR President Robert L. Vogelzang, MD, FSIR, who was honored just before the Film Panel as one of the 2016 Gold Medalists along with Ernest J. Ferris, MD, FSIR, and Ho-Young Song, MD, PhD.
Dr. Vogelzang’s shift helped Team USA turn things around. The Americans even had a chance to take a late lead thanks to a Daily Double, but had to pass when they didn’t know that Herbert L. Abrams, MD, was the only interventional radiologist to win a Nobel Prize. The Canadians also didn’t know, however, and the teams went into Final Jeopardy only 200 points apart.
But the home team caught a break as the final question was about hockey, and when Team Canada answered correctly, the team celebrated with an inflatable Stanley Cup trophy.