Edmond chiropractor keeps women's volleyball team in line

Dr. Ryan Hanson, of Edmond, routinely treats members of the USA women's sitting volleyball team. Team members are on their way to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The athletes are in The Netherlands this week practicing and getting used to the time zone.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: August 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm •  Published: August 22, 2012

Miller and seven other members of this year's U.S. sitting volleyball team won a silver medal in the 2008 games in Beijing. Miller, Heather Erickson, 19, from Fayetteville, N.C., and Michelle Schiffler, 29, from Germany, are counting on bringing home a gold medal.

Schiffler and two other team members are competing for the first time in the Paralympic Games. Her husband, Alexander, is on the German men's sitting volleyball team.

Schiffler was born with a deformed right arm. She wears her prosthetic arm while playing volleyball and basketball. The rest of the time, she said, she prefers not to wear it because it is hot and she feels more normal without it.

Erickson lost her leg after a broken bone in her leg would not fuse back.

Miller and Erickson will not wear their prosthetic legs in the games.

The USA sitting volleyball team, coached by Bill Hamiter, could play up to five games. The first game is at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 against China, the team that won the gold in 2008.

Hanson, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, traveled with the volleyball team to China but this time will watch from afar.

“They are a great group of girls,” Hanson said. “They have prepared every day and worked hard.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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