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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Final Post 4 the 2010 Paralympics

Let me start off by saying this has been a truly honorable & exciting experience to be part of the sports medical team supporting our US Paralympic athletes.

These athletes are truly amazing! They embody the true sense of perseverance, dedication, discipline & determination and man do they put it "balls to the walls"! It's inspiring to know that they still have the drive to get it done ~~ even with their limitations.

Think about it ~~ would you ski down a hill @ 60 miles an hour blind folded? Well, we have athletes here who have been competing blind - visually impaired and they are winning!!

Danelle won 2 bronze medals & Mark won Silver

I admire all of the athletes here in the village, not just from the US but all over the world ~~ this Paralympic movement is incredible.

Thursday I was told I was going to the mountain to watch the athletes & the races. Holy Cow was it fun ~~ very up front & personal. The athletes were excited to see me too! They truly do appreciate all the work that we provide for them in a "games" mode ~~ remember we are there to support them.

So while on the hill I was able to loosen up and stretch out a few competitors prior to their event then watched in the VIP area on the hill. It's great stuff when you have credentials that get you where you need to go!

On the world stage it's amazing how AMERICANS are hated & loved at the same time ~~ that concept I don't know if I'll ever get use to or understand.

Tonight I am going down to Vancouver to watch the Gold medal match in wheelchair curling .. Go Team USA.

The sled hockey team is also going for the gold tonight as well.

Sunday the medical team will be going out to watch the Nordic / cross country skiers compete. We have been working on them on a regular basis & get to watch them one last time.

In Whistler Village the medical team has treated athletes with the following medical issues/conditions/limitations:
  • spinal cord injuries/wheelchair bound
  • visual limitation
  • birth defects/missing limbs
  • cerebral palsy / bells palsy
  • amputations

There is a diverse group of athletes here & their treatments vary widely. It's so important for me to understand the pathology/issue at hand and make a decision for treatment to address both health & performance.

I have been extremely busy ~~ but I love it!! Exspecially when the athletes come back for follow up service & they perform well. That's what it is all about... I could give you the boring rundown of treatments & modalities I have been utilizing but I won't, I think you get the picture. I think it's awesome when athlete's say things like "man she is an angel & a devil all at the same time"! They make me smile, and for those of you who have had my work ~~ YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKIN ABOUT!

One athlete I have worked with during the games is Alana Nichols. She is a down hill sitting Alpine Skier. She has won 2 gold medals, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze here at Whistler. Alana also has the distinction of being the only Paralympian to win Gold in both a summer & winter Paralympic Games.

See what I'm talking about!

These athletes can have just as disastrous crashes as the able bodied athletes like Lindsey Von for example. Then it's our job to treat them & get them back out there for competition.

The games are coming to a close ~~ we will participate in closing ceremonies to night and then start the pack out phase .


I will post some closing ceremonies photo's tomorrow, but Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me throughout my dream!

  • Thanks to my family~ I love you guys
  • Thanks to my fellow colleagues who pick up the slack while I'm away
  • Thanks to my clients who put up with my jet setting... but I always bring back new & innovating modalities for your sessions!

Total medal count for the US was 4 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals & 4 Bronze

I'm out for now



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Day In The Office at the Paralympics 2010

Alana Nichols, Alpine Downhill Slalom Gold Medal Paralympian 2010
Today was a very busy day, however it has been extremely busy in the office since the games have officially started. I am continually impressed by each one of these paralympians that I have worked with. They are very serious about their training, well being and making sure they take care of themselves to be ready for competition. It's really refreshing to be surrounded by athletes that get it done, follow a training regiment, eat healthy and follow through with sports med's recommendations whether the information is coming from the ATC, Chiropractor or the sports massage therapist.... I also like this particular team I'm working with, the chief medical officer, the ATC, PT and Chiropractor are so professional and great at what they do.
My typical day starts at 8:45 AM and ends at aprox. 9PM ~ I have been providing aprox. 7-11 30 minute sports massage sessions a day. I have a set schedule for athletes that are training & one that works well for the athletes that are competing. My schedule fills up rather quickly.. but being busy is a good thing.
I also enjoy learning new things from the ATC & PT.. things I can take back to my clients!
The athletes here are figuring out quick that I do not provide the normal or average sports massage session, this stuff is cutting edge, fine tuned & precise.. with goal orientated results.. and I can say with confidence that they are reaping the benefits.
Hannah, an Alpine athlete with Cerebral Palsy had an apt. with me the other day and I got very excited about the work so I said "man this is great!" ~~ her reply was... I think my "man this is great" is much different than yours! of course we both laughed, bottom line is she likes the work and keeps coming back.
I could go on about all the little stories and these talented and wonderful athletes, it's such an honor to be here with them and look forward to more opportunities to work with them.
Our Gold Medal Paralympian came into sports med today to show us her medal, we had been working with her the week prior to her win~~ it's validating to know you helped her achieve that gold medal.
Tomorrow is going to be another exciting day of competition, looking forward to more US wins! ~~ stay tuned.


What an AMAZING opportunity to be part of the Paralympics and work with these incredible athletes ~~ It was a complete honor to be able to walk across that stage to represent the United States Of AMERICA, holy cow it doesn't get any better than that... what a night!

Opening Ceremonies Photo's

So here we all are hamming it up in our TEAM USA uniforms before leaving for Vancouver for opening ceremonies...
I am in a photo with Heath (our Flag bearer), Heath & Monte and Brad, Ian & Tyler and Hannah & I ... what a crew, let me tell you there are alot of laughs going on in the sports medical facility!
Open Ceremonies were completely AMAZING!

March 17th, 2010 Fourth Post

US Wheelchair Curling Team, I had the privilege to travel with them to Vancouver & have actually been able to see a game of theirs... planning on attending the Gold Medal Match!..
Views around the Village & one of me with Miga!
It has been extremely busy & exciting since competition has started...I can't say enough about these incredible athletes! It is my privilege to be here with them!
I'll be posting additional photo's of Opening Ceremonies.
Out for now..

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010 Third Post

Well I think I have finally figured out how to get photos off my camera and on the page with the help from the IT guys!
I have included views from my room of the Paralympic Village and of course my massage table & the challenge coin I received for volunteering at the games.
Today was a very busy day with not only treating athletes but participating in the flag raising ceremony for the United States. It was alot of fun to be with them while they are being recognized and they are happy to have you with them because they truly do appreciate our service to them. On more than one occasion since being here with these athletes they have expressed that appreciation to me. Totally incredible, like I have mentioned before... they didn't know me prior to the games.
Another exciting bit of news is I found out today who will be our flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies.. Heath Calhoun... , the former Army Ranger turned paralympian who I have been treating... what an awesome guy! ~~he is very inspiring, to say the least... they all are.
I am extremely excited about walking & participating in the Opening Ceremonies tomorrow night, I know I will have a hard time trying not to cry.. this is truly a dream come true!!!!!
Days are long here, however they are busy and exciting all at the same time and nothing is ever the same... it's all about the flexibility and knowing how to get the job done as a team and representing the greatest country on earth!! GO TEAM USA!!!!
I will post new photos' in a few days ~~ stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March 10th, 2010, Second Post

Hey Everyone!

Well it's day three at the "office" and it has been incredibly busy & exciting. One thing I want to express is that the Paralympians are a special breed of athletes. THEY DON"T COMPLAIN!! I don't mean that to minimize any other athlete, but you have to understand the difficulties & hardships they deal with on a daily basis that able bodies don't... Their stories are incredible and inspiring.. They have the greatest sense of humor!

Yesterday ~~ I had the awesome opportunity to work with one of our nations hero's, a former Army Ranger, turned paralympian! I have to admit I had to clench my teeth to prevent some waterworks... it was an awesome session with lots of laughs.. what a feeling to have them trust you with their care and before the games, they have no idea who you are. AMAZING!

The Village is beautiful, I was able to get some "down time" this morning and walk around and take some photo's & locate the International zone & post office and small shop. It has started to snow and we are expecting 6-8 inches of snow tonight?? we will see. The down hill skiers are not happy about this development.

It is going to be busy in the clinic tonight, all the athletes are out on the hill now and training and practicing some down hill runs... I have changed my "game plan" up a little for the remainder of the week until competition. I'll be providing the muscle specific 20 minute sessions and cold / hot applications if needed. Stretching when needed...

well have to run, will be in touch soon


Monday, March 8, 2010

March 8th, 2010 First Post

March 8th, 2010 Paralympics!

Well I safely arrived to the Whistler Paralympic Village last night... it was a long day but filled with lots of laughs and flexibility. These Paralympians are amazing. The village is awesome, and we are centrally located to everything, international zone, the gym & dinning hall .. and the food is amazing! It's like you have to pace yourself there is so much here.. trust me I will , as you know this is NOT my first rodeo!!

Team processing was very overwhelming, but exciting at the same time... I get to proudly wear my Team USA jacket and newly updated credentials!!!!! This time around I have access to EVERYTHING!!

I have my own room for providing massage sessions and these athletes are already knocking at the door! It's an awesome feeling to know they are eager to start working with me. The massage table I will be using has the Olympic rings on it with USA ~~ talk about motivating!

I CAN'T!!!!!!! ~~ and for those of you who know me, that's a good thing... can you see me smiling ? !!

I will be working in the sports medical office from 8 AM - 9 PM everyday and will have an hour & half for lunch & exercise.. Peter is really good about making sure we get taken care of while we support our US Paralympians! I will most likely have extra time, but the focus is on the athletes right now.. I'll figure it out.

oh there is so much to tell.. so very exciting, but I will keep you updated as much as possible and will try to get some photo's uploaded soon... the view from my room is breath taking!!!

OK I'm out, and oh yeah... the glitter is working!



Friday, March 5, 2010

Heading to the Games!

Well this is it, that time has come and I am eagerly waiting my departure tomorrow morning to get this adventure started!
I want to give thanks to those who have supported me in this dream of mine: My Mom & Dad, Rick, Tracy, Lynnie & Bobb and of course my family: The "Gunny", Eddie, Sheena, Rainee, Alex, Steve & Reggie!
Dave & Christen, Steve, Trish & Johnny! ~~ you guys are the BEST Massage therapy colleagues and friends anyone could have! I also want to give a great big "shout out" to my clientele~~ Thank you for putting up with my "jet setting"!
Tomorrow starts the beginning of the games for me.... I am excited about going through team processing and picking up my credentials and gear. This is a complete honor to be invited back again. I have worked very hard to get to where I am in my career and I am enjoying every second of it! Make no mistake about this.. it is not a vacation ~~ I will be working and working hard to support our athletes so they can compete and bring home the GOLD!
I will be posting regular updates on my experience at the games, medal counts and if the games will be televised. I will also try my best to upload some photos ~~ they may have to wait until I return home.
Thank you for all of your support! Imagine how our athletes feel about being selected as a member of Team USA, how much hard work, blood, sweat & tears and sacrifices they have put in to get to this level... the ULTIMATE level ... I feel the same way!
Stay tuned .... there's much more to come!