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He has seen  the Winter Olympics from a very unique perspective. Dave Juehring and bobsled are a perfect match.

He was a national champion at Lake Placid.  In 1994, at Lillehammer, Dave was an assistant driving coach for the American Bobsled Team.  His job was to be the eyes on the track for the drivers. To read the ice and see how sleds responded to conditions.

He was also a bobsled team leader in Nagano in 1998, and at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Juehring is  a professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport.

He still has many of the items he received during his participation in several Olympic Games.

One of his favorite items is the ring he received at the 2002 games when the bobsled team brought home gold, silver and bronze.

In 2002, Americans Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers hit speeds of eighty miles an hour to win.  The capacity crowd roared. Juehring was the first person to greet them at the finish line.

He calls himself a bobsled junkie.  He is watching the games, hoping the American teams will do really well.

Who knows, he might even wear the Olympic sweater he got at Lillehammer, 20 years ago. Fortunately, he says, it still fits.