Local doctor works with Olympic athletes

Dr. Gende says being around the Olympic athletes is some of the best motivation possible.
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LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – If you can’t play in the Olympics, then the next best thing might be helping the athletes who are there.

Dr. Alecia Gende is back after helping the US Nordic ski jump team in their recent competition in Germany.

She works with athletes, helping them warm-up and prepare for their jumps.

As the team physician Gende helps with minor cuts and bruises as well as serious injuries.

She waits at the bottom of the hill so if anything goes wrong, she’ll be there to waiting to help.

Gende says being around the Olympic athletes is some of the best motivation possible.

“It’s overall an amazing experience. It is also very motivating. You see how hard the athletes work and how dedicated they are to their sports, and it motivates you to be better at everything that you’re doing as well.”

Gende is a physician with Mayo Clinic Health System Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

While competing in Germany Jessie Diggins made history becoming the second American to win the World Cup Crystal Globe.

She also was the first American woman to lift the trophy.