Bonnie Blair is an Olympic speedskating champion and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Meet Bonnie and other elite athletes at the AMTA 2016 National Convention, October 26-29 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Q&A With Bonnie Blair
You competed in multiple Olympic games—tell us about your most memorable Olympic moment.
My second games (I was in four) where I won my first gold medal. There is something to be said for the first time that has unbelievable power and emotion tied to it. Not to say the other wins weren’t thrilling and exciting, but the first one was pretty special.
What is your biggest source of motivation/inspiration as an athlete?
For me, it was the clock at the end of the straight-away. Always challenging myself to be better then I was previously—achieving a personal best is what it was always about to me.
What advice would you give an occasional athlete about using massage therapy?
I think anytime you can find ways to take care of yourself it is a good thing. Even the occasional athlete should have goals of getting better at your craft and in order to do that you have to make sure you take care of yourself in all ways, including getting massages.
Learn more about Bonnie and our other Olympians in the fall issue of Massage Therapy Journal.
More About Bonnie
Bonnie Blair competed for the United States in four Olympics, winning five gold medals and one bronze medal. In 2004, she was elected to the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. At the time of her induction, Blair was the most decorated United States Winter Olympian of all time. She is celebrated as the speedskater who produces her best performances when it counts the most.
AMTA 2016 National Convention Closing Session
Bringing Home the Gold: Olympians + Massage Therapy
Saturday, October 29, 2-4pm | 2 Credit Hours | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Featuring Bonnie Blair, Alicia Dana, Kerri Strug, Abby Wambach. Moderated by Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic.
Research shows massage therapy can benefit athletes of all fitness levels, and Olympic athletes are no exception. A panel of elite athletes will share how massage therapy helped them reach their Olympic dreams. The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Brent Bauer will moderate the discussion and explain the science of massage for athletes.
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