<p>FERNDALE, Mich. – Credit Union ONE has helped a local massage therapist realize an Olympic dream of working on the world's elite athletes at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic games and Paralympic Games for the physically challenged. Certified Massage Therapists and Irene's Myomassology Institute graduates Garry Adkins, Lynda Fry, Suzanne Tenorio and Anthony Pauletich were selected by the Utah Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association to join the 2002 Winter Massage Team. Unfortunately being selected is only part of the battle since all the massage therapists had to find donations to subsidize their travel expenses. Credit Union ONE showed its Olympic spirit by presenting airfare to Adkins. In order to be selected for the 2002 Winter Massage Team, applicants must be professional massage therapists, and must submit their resume and a letter describing their education, experience and commitment to the profession. According to Roger Olbrot L.M.T. and director of the 2002 Winter Sports Massage Team, over 200 therapists – 50 from the United States and 150 from countries such as England, Germany, France, and Canada joined the 2002 Winter Massage Team making it the largest massage team in Olympic history. The massage therapists selected as Winter Sports Massage Team members agree to voluntarily perform at least one week of massage work during the Olympic and Paralympic games. Each therapist's daily shift consists of approximately 24, 20 – minute massages performed on athletes from various events. The massage techniques utilized will depend on whether the athlete is pre or post event. Massages were given in clinics set up at the Olympic Village, The Olympic International Committee Hotel and the Olympic Main Media Center. "To be a part of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games is a fantastic opportunity. Although no expenses are paid, having the chance to represent the United States in the world's greatest athletic competition is an experience that no amount of money received could compare with," said Adkins. "I am also looking forward to being able to share my experiences with my massage students to encourage them onto higher goals."</p>

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