The Olympic Games bring together the world’s most premier athletes every four years, and the seemingly small Life University in Marietta, Georgia has had a remarkably big impact on many of these athletes competing for medals on the grandest stage. Many of our wonderful alumni and faculty members have adjusted or cared for Olympic athletes over the years, and some have or soon will be competing themselves. Here are just a few examples of how our Life U family has Olympic connections:

  1. Zoila Rosa Stewart is a retired Olympic Sprinter who competed in the 1992 and 1996 games! “I love everything about the Olympics; however, I will be rooting for Track and Field.”
  2. Associate Professor Keith Rau, D.C. has adjusted USATF athletes and Beach Volleyball players. “It means a great deal more when you have worked with and/or met atheletes that you then see on TV competing. Very cool!”
  3. Josh Glass, class of 2001, is a certified chiropractic sports practitioner and the personal chiropractor for many of USA’s top Olympic and World Championship medalists including Atlanta’s Terrence Trammell, Dwight Phillips and Angelo Taylor. Dr. Glass has served on multiple Team USA Track and Field sports medicine staffs, including the 2012 London, 2016 Rio and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
  4. John Downes, D.C., the Vice President for Global Initiatives at Life University, provided chiropractic care for Costa Rican athletes in the 1996, 200, 2008 and 2012 Olympic games. His favorite memory from the Olympics was “probably walking in the opening ceremonies in Sydney in 2000.”
  5. Life University Men’s Rugby Class of 2017 alumnus Cody Melphy made the 2020 Tokyo Olympics USA Rugby Seven team!

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