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Antigo doctor to treat U.S. Olympic athletes in London


An Antigo doctor will travel with the U.S. Olympic team to London.

Dr. Curt Draeger says this is his best laser treatment yet. He made it six weeks ago and it's one of the many things he'll use to help U.S. athletes in London.

"It's the biggest tool that allows us to heal at the core center of where their pain starts and where tissue is damaged," Draeger said.

He first joined team USA during the 2004 Olympics in Greece and again in China in 2008. Since then, he's been working with decathletes and heptathletes. He says they're unique because they have to train for many different events.

"They run, jump and throw—they're considered the world's greatest athletes because they have to be so good at all these different events—their whole body has to be perfectly in-sync," Draeger said.

One of the most notable decathlon U.S. athletes is Bruce Jenner, who set a world record on the way to gold in 1976. Athletes who Draeger works with hope to follow the same path.

"We can't bring all the high end equipment so they are here four-five months before Olympic trials—they have to be ready to go," Draeger said.

He says being their team doctor is rewarding for him as well.

"I take great pride in being able to represent the United States of America—it's very humbling," Draeger said.

He says that pride comes from seeing his athletes climb the podium and grab that medal.

Before London, Draeger and the teams will stop in Germany for the Thorpe Cup. That's their final tune-up before the Olympics.


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