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Published: Sunday, 1/26/2014 - Updated: 7 months ago

Perrysburg massage therapist moves step closer to Olympics

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Yvonne Fey, shown massaging Gretchen Mikolajczak of Toledo in her Perrysburg business, moved a step closer to being able to go to an Olympics games. Yvonne Fey, shown massaging Gretchen Mikolajczak of Toledo in her Perrysburg business, moved a step closer to being able to go to an Olympics games.
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Yvonne Fey's goal of working as a massage therapist for a summer Olympics became closer after an email last week asked her to go to San Diego for a week to work with the United States men's cycling program. 

The Perrysburg resident worked the 2002 Salt Lake City winter Olympics, was invited too late to the Athens 2004 summer games, and barely missed out of going to Sochi next month for the winter games. She's hoping working with the men's cycling program for a week is a step toward Rio 2016 summer games.

She left Friday and returns Feb. 2.

She received an email recently asking her to go to San Diego to help the team train. After hearing she'd be paid for her work and travel, unlike other trips, Mrs. Fey just had to get caught up on her Body and Sole Massage Therapy and Reflexology Center business in Perrysburg.

"I panicked because I have to get all the W-2 and financial stuff done," she said. "I worked all day Saturday (Jan. 18) with CPA stuff, fell asleep on my couch in the office, slept until 7 a.m., and continued Sunday (Jan. 19) to try to get it together. I'm making it happen."

A few months ago, Mrs. Fey was trying to get to Sochi. In July, she volunteered at a Olympic facility for a two-week sports-medicine rotation in Colorado Springs. She worked with figure skaters Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, U.S. pair skaters, and was hoping to go to Sochi with them. The pair barely missed qualifying, Mrs. Fey said. 

The cycling team will have 16 members and after their morning or afternoon rides, Mrs. Fey will help massage the athletes. She enjoys working with specific teams and athletes to get to know them. She was selected after a men's cyclist program manager called Colorado Springs facility to see who would be a good trainer to use.

"This means I have their stamp of approval to work with these athletes at this level," Mrs. Fey said. "I'm on my way."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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