Davenport Chiropractor Aims For 2014 Winter Olympics
The countdown is on for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi happening next February and one local man is on his way to being an important part of the U.S. Team.
There's a lot of red, white and blue out right now at the Rannfeldt Family Chiropractic in Davenport. The colors are helping to spread the word of Olympic hopeful Dr. Jason Rannfeldt.
"Always tell people it's one of those things on your bucket list," said Rannfeldt. "I'm in the final pool and they choose four or five to go to Sochi."
Rannfeldt has been involved with sports for years. His potential journey to the winter games won't be as an athlete, but instead as a key player working with the Olympians. "Anything from sprains and strains... we'll adjust them, do soft tissue work with them and basically monitor their care the whole process through."
He's officially chosen to be one of the team doctors for the U.S. Olympic Committee and Team USA, and is a finalist to travel to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics next February. A very small pool of doctors out of probably thousands who applied are in this position.
"As a kid you watch the Olympics but I'm not going to be an athlete it would still be really cool to be a part of it. I don't think it's going to hit me until I'm actually at the training center."
After a couple upcoming rotations at Olympic training centers he and other doctors will be graded by athletes, coaches, and staff to pick the final handful to go to Sochi.
Rannfeldt fits right in with several years work with teams like the Quad City Mallards and the River Bandits. He says working with Olympic athletes is a huge undertaking, as 98% of them are adjusted on a regular basis. "With sports right now you need everything you can that's legal to get that extra edge."
Dr. Rannfeldt goes to California next week and then Colorado in may for rotations with athletes at the Olympic training centers. He should know by fall for sure if he'll travel to Sochi next year.