My wife is a huge fan of the Olympics, so I've been watching a bit over the past week. Somehow, though, I missed this story from Eurosport until this morning: Usain Bolt, repeat gold-medal winner and fastest man in the world, has spoken out in glowing praise of FC Bayern's team physio, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
Bolt: "He's a major part of my success in my career. I've been going to him since I was 18 or 19. Since I first started, he's really done great work on me ... I thank him for all he has done for me."
The Olympic champion also praises Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt's attitude and commitment, saying that the Bayern man is "more than a doctor" and noting that he always checks up on Bolt personally. I always knew Bayern's medical team was one of the best, but this is first time I'd ever heard of their prowess outside the world of football. In fact, Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt's Wikipedia page (that's right, he has a Wikipedia page) describes him as "a world leader in the treatment of sports injuries" and note that his famous patients include Bolt, Klinsy, sprinter Maurice Greene and Masters-winning golfer José María Olazábal.
In the States, we have a similar guy whose name is Dr. Andrews. He's described as "the alpha doc at the center of a sports-medicine network" and he earns praise from top baseball and "football" players for fixing up torn ligaments and nagging injuries. I guess in the near future, we're going to have a Surgery Showdown in which the two famous sports physios compete for the crown, perhaps by each fixing up one knee of a guy who has somehow blown out both knees at once. And I'm quite sure it'll be Arjen Robben who does it.
Anyway, congratulations to Dr. M-W on his well deserved fame, and it's great to see Bayern's world-class medical team get some world-class recognition. Let's hope the physios can put that expertise to use on the club's current injury pandemic. And a note to the TV networks: that Surgery Showdown was my idea, so if that ends up happening, I want a taste. Thanks for reading.