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Among the many millions of fans watching on the television sets and cheering from their couches for the United States Olympic figure skating team competing this February in Torino, Italy, will be Dr. David Diers, professor of physical therapy at Governors State University.

Diers, of Manhattan, has a special connection to the members of the team after his 10 days as a volunteer athletic trainer and physical therapist during the U.S. Figure Skating National Championship in St. Louis in January.

“It is exciting to work with top level athletes,” said Diers. “It is a joy to help someonebe the best they can and to compete at this level,