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Thu., July 5, 2012, 8:16 a.m.

London Olympic athletes to get their sports massage from highly trained Idaho fingers

When ailing Olympic athletes need sports massage during the upcoming London Olympics, it'll be highly trained Idaho fingers providing the relief. That's because Paul Weston, massage therapy coordinator at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, has been named a member of the medical team for the Olympic games. He'll be based in the Athlete's Village during his two-week posting.

Weston recently returned from training in London, where he received his Olympic accreditation and uniform. "Working at the 2012 Games has been a goal since it was announced that they would be held in London," said Weston, who is a London native. He's been massage therapy coordinator at Gritman for the past seven years, and was a leading advocate for this year's successful Idaho legislation to, for the first time, license massage therapists in Idaho.

It will be Weston's second Olympics; he also provided sports massage to athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Weston graduated as a certified massage/neuromuscular therapist from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in 1997, and earned national certification in therapeutic massage and bodywork in 1998.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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