Tony Benshoof - Olympian w/ herniated disks

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Topic Title: Tony Benshoof - Olympian w/ herniated disks
Created On: 02/12/2010 12:33 PM

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 07/14/2010 11:56 AM

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mstraub

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Wow! He is incredibly determined to still push himself to compete in the Olympics with that kind of injury! I'm not sure I would be willing to do the same if I were in his situation, since I would be afraid of either suffering from a fourth herniated disk or making one or more of the three I already had worse. To learn a little bit more about herniated disks and understand what they are, you can visit our herniated disks conditions site located in the education center here.
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 02/12/2010 12:33 PM

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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/02/04/sports/AP-OLY-LUG-Benshoofs-Back.html?scp=2&sq=herniated%20disk&st=cse


Talk about playing through the pain. This guy is competing in Vancouver with THREE herniated disks in his lower back! I don't know anything about what a herniated disk, but that already sounds excruciatingly painful. He's a veteran of luge and will be battling to bring home a medal for team USA. For those who do not know, luge is basically riding a fancy sled on your back and hurtling down a giant ice track at really high speeds. Well, there's a lot more to it, but that's the basic gist of it. This just gives me another reason to love the Olympics. Hopefully, this guy does really well.


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