The Olympics 2014 have begun and opening ceremonies take place today, Friday, February 7. While Maine is sending only one athlete to the games, biathlete Russell Currier, the University of Southern Maine has an important connection to Sochi: athletic trainer Ben Towne of Saco.
Ben Towne, lecturer in the University of Southern Maine Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences, has been chosen to provide care to athletes on the U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams at the Sochi Olympics. After spending a month on the World Cup Tour traveling to Austria, Germany, and Switzerland providing medical care to the U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams, he has finally arrived in Sochi.
Towne has been providing care to America's elite athletes for several years, previously working with the U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams during World Cup tours and other competitions. Working in conjunction with the team physician and chiropractor, he helps treat and manage athletic injuries.
"It has been an amazing experience and I'm humbled and honored to be chosen to work at the highest level of sport," Towne wrote in a recent email, "We just spent two days in Munich for processing, where we received our Olympic apparel and flew into Sochi where we are currently training for bobsled and skeleton competition. I can't wait for the start of the games!"
Towne is one of only 17 certified athletic trainers chosen to provide medical services in the 2014 Olympic Games. There are over 35,000 members of the National Athletic Trainers Association.
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