Alumni Davenport Campus Male Olympics

Ira Shapiro, D.C.

U.S. Olympic speed skater Chad Hedrick, left, who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, meets with Ira Shapiro, D.C., ’83.

U.S. Olympic speed skater Chad Hedrick, left, who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, meets with Ira Shapiro, D.C., ’83.

An early Olympic groundbreaker, Ira Shapiro, D.C., Davenport ‘83, vividly recalls his experiences as an attending chiropractic physician for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team at the games in Athens, Greece. Based on a lengthy evaluation process, Dr. Shapiro was chosen by the USOC as only the ninth chiropractor named to the medical staff of a U.S. Olympic Team. That August he met the needs of nearly 550 American athletes participating in the competition.

This involved long days before and during the three-week games. “As a member of the U.S. Olympic Team medical staff, you arrive about 10 days before the opening ceremonies,” he says. “The day starts at about 8 a.m. and . . . (read more in Palmer Insights Spring/Summer 2016 issue)

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