Antigo doctor to treat U.S. Olympic athletes in London
ANTIGO (WAOW) -
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
He says being their team doctor is rewarding for him as
"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.