Olympic Athletes Benefiting from Rolfing

The Olympics and Rolfing

How ’96 Silver Medalist, Lance Deal Prepares For Sydney Olympics – From A Track And Field Perspective Rolfing® Was A Tremendous Boost To His Sport

For an Olympic hammer thrower, staying balanced, and spinning in center are essentials to gain the competitive edge that scores gold. Lance Deal, keeps his body in balance with Rolfing.

“My performance requires posture and timing, I’m the center of a spinning system, if the center is off balance, then the system is off balance,” says Deal. “If I can’t stand up straight and spin in a spot then I’ve lost the battle.”

“When I am working hard, doing heavy throwing and heavy lifting Rolfing helps me stay in balance,” says Deal. “Rolfing straightens me out and makes the two sides of my body match. The effects are long lasting, and I carry that with me after the session into my practice training and competition.”

“Rolfing is the best kind of bodywork I’ve found for my sport.”

Erin Aldrich, 2000 Sydney U.S. Olympic Track and Field High Jumper — Her Olympic Support Team Includes Rolfing®

With the Olympic gold in her sights, Aldrich says, “I credit Rolfing for turning around a really bad injury — my sprained ankle — in time for me to jump at the U.S. Olympic trials. My Rolfer, got me back to 100% and I made the team.”

Figure Skating

Elvis Stojko – 1998 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 1994 Olympic Silver Medallist, 1995 and 1997 World Champion Figure Skater, says “Rolfing helped me find my center of balance for competition.”

Brian Orser, 1988 and 1984 Olympic Silver Medallist and 1987 World Champion Figure Skater says, “A wonderful benefit I had right after the first Rolfing session was a sense of lightness, particularly on the ice. I felt very compact and totally in control. I had increased energy, better balance, and extra agility.”

Michelle Kwan, 1997 Olympic Bronze and 1996 World Champion Figure Skater

Isabelle Brasseur and partner Lloyd Eisler – 1993 World Gold Medallist, 1992 Olympic Silver Medallist Pairs Figure Skaters


Sherri Cassuto and Sarah Gengler – 1988 Olympic rowers, now are Certified Rolfers. Gengler says, “Rolfing is very helpful at preventing rowing injuries due to repetitive motion. It returns balance to the body.”


John Bauer – 1992 & 1998 US Olympic Cross-Country Skier say, “Skiers fall a lot and Rolfing helped me to stop having soft tissue injuries. It reduced the soreness in my petalla tendon and the tearing when my ankles rolled out. I have quicker recovery from training, day in and out, yearly.”
“Rolfing is definitely a performance enhancer on my part. Everything comes into balance and I’m able to lengthen my training time. I run, bike, roller ski, and strength build in the gym to train. Rolfing helps me get back on track, both physically and mentally.”

Mickey Egan – Olympic Skier

Penny Pitou – Former 1960’s Olympic Skier

Sarah Will – 1995 Paralympic Gold Medallist Skier says, “Rolfing gives you a competitive edge as an athlete. Rolfing increased my performance time 100%.”
“The injuries (from the accident) left me off balance until I discovered the benefits of Rolfing bodywork and I’ve been winning ever since.”

Track and Field

Joe Greene – 1996 Olympic Bronze Medallist Long Jumper says, “Rolfing works. It really makes a huge difference. I’ve been in track and field a long time and wish I had known about it sooner.”

Lacy (Lenore) Barnes-Mileham – 1996 Olympic Discus Thrower