Dr. Fred Rossi, a Basking Ridge resident with chiropractic offices in in Stirling and Phillipsburg who is in London on Sunday to serve as team chiropractor for U.S. men's freestyle wrestlers, hasn't forgotten about the wrestlers he works with at home.
Thursday's blog includes peeks into the Olympics training area and photos of some of the coaches and wrestlers with whom Rossi has been working.
But he also spoke Tuesday about the wrestling singlet he carried with him that is owned by a Watchung Hills Regional High School wrestling team member.
"We evaluated just about the entire team and started delivering care to the athletes. One up-and-coming sophomore, Max Meyers, recently traveled to Fargo, N.D. for a national tournament. Wrestlers swap singlets at these tournaments and N.J. is highly sought after, both due to the design of the singlet and also because N.J. is known to produce great wrestlers." He noted as a case in point, state resident Jordan Burroughs, USA favorite for gold.
"Max traded a N.J. singlet for a Florida singlet, no big deal right? Well, it turns out that the Florida singlet has pictures of three Olympian freestyle wrestlers: Two from USA, Sam Hazewinkel (55 kg), Jared Frayer (66 kg), and Franklin Gomez from Puerto Rico (60 kg)."
Sam Hazewinkel had signed the singlet in Florida and Rossi told Meyers he would have Jared Frayer sign it for him in London.
Before he left for England, Rossi told the Basking Ridge Patch that he's looking forward to the Olympic games as an opportunity to work with the world's top athletes. He said he is anticipating the "experience of a lifetime."
In his first blog on Monday, Rossi explained how he came to be part of the team that is supporting the men's wrestling team. He said he is a Maximized Living trained chiropractor, certified in advanced spinal correction and nutrition, through the Wellness Advisory Sports Council.
Rossi said he will be staying with the USA men's freestyle team at East London University during the Olympics to support the wrestlers by adjusting their spines regularly and making sure they are practicing the five essentials to health leading up to competition, which also includes such habits as good nutrition and an overall approach to good health.