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Texoman Remembers Working at 1996 Olympic Games

Troy Tally worked as a massage therapist during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
    It takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to become an Olympic athlete, but behind each athlete is a coaching staff and support team.
    Troy Tally knows that first, and second, hand.
    He worked at the Atlanta Olympic games as a massage therapist, making sure each athlete was warmed up, loose  and ready to compete in the next round.
    "They had over four-thousand volunteers apply.  They took two from the state of Texas.  Only 144 therapists were allowed to be at the Olympics," Tally says.
    He says his involvement in a local event made him realize his passion for working with athletes.
    "I had been the coordinator of the Hotter n Hell, the massage therapy end of it, for years," he says.
    Tally worked with athletes competing in archery and velodrome, which is arena track cycling.
    "In between heats and stuff, they'd come into the get their legs worked on, their backs worked on, their necks worked on.  I worked on probably 50 or 60 athletes during that first week I was at the velodrome."
    He says one of his most memorable Olympic experiences was getting Justin Huish ready for the archery finals.
    Huish won the gold medal just minutes after Tally worked on him
    "I was standing underneath the bleachers when he shot for the gold medal," Tally says.  "He turned around and pointed right at me and did a thumbs up.  I was like, 'Yes!'"
    Tally says he helped more than 100 athletes from 30 different countries during the games.
    He says he still practices massage from time to time, but that nothing will ever compare to his Olympic experience.
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