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November, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 11

Massage at the 2002 Winter Olympics

By Editorial Staff

After months of negotiation, the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee has agreed to the provision of sports massage at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fifteen tables will be available for 12 hours a day in the Athlete's Village from January 29 to March 19.

Qualified massage therapists are being recruited from all over the country and the world to volunteer for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

To find out more about the 2002 Winter Sports Massage Team, please send a note of inquiry to ; details about team member requirements, application forms, information about costs and housing, and other details will be provided in response. Background checks must be run on all volunteers, so it is important to apply as soon as possible.

By all accounts, the first official Winter Olympic Games (separate and distinct from the Summer Games) were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. The history of massage at the Winter Olympics is a bit fuzzy, although it appears that massage has long maintained a presence at the Summer Olympics. Sports massage gained a lot of popularity at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Since then, it has grown to be a major service at both sets of Games: one of the athletes specifically requested massage be provided at this year's games in Salt Lake City.

 

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