East Texas native helping Olympians in Sochi
POSTED: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 10:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 10:59pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — East Texas native Melinda Couch finally is living out her dream. She is currently the physical therapist for the USA Olympic figure skating team in Sochi. Out of all the physical therapists in the nation, Couch was chosen to be the official one of the team.
Her parents, David and Betty Couch, say she has been working towards this goal for about ten years, and said "we're thrilled, shes the one that's pursued that goal and everything shes done, shes done everything on her own." Couch graduated from Robert E. Lee high school in Tyler, and then went on to graduate from Baylor and University of Texas at San Antonio. While in East Texas she ran track and interned with a local physical therapist. Her parents say she's been "totally committed to physical therapy ever since she was in high school here."
Now Couch runs her own physical therapy clinic in Colorado, and has been involved with the figure skaters at the Olympic training center. She's been working with some of the stand out skaters like Ashley Wagner and Jeremy Abbott, even before Sochi. "She really enjoys working with them, she likes to see them do well, she likes to be able to help them get back on their feet so they can perform," said her mother, Betty Couch.
M. Couch will be spending about a month in Russia, helping the skaters from sun up to sun down. "Its all volunteer, they do pay her expenses over there and back but she gets no compensation for her work," said B. Couch.
KETK was able to speak with M. Couch and she told us, "my future goals are to continue to run my business and continue working for us figure skating in whatever capacity they need me... I am extremely honored to have been given this rare opportunity."
Couch is currently blogging everyday about her experiences at the Olympics. If you'd like to check out her pictures, and posts, click here.