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Mike Linkovich

Trainer ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Professional athletic trainers like Mike Linkovich play a vital role in sports medicine, and the careers of top athletes depend on their skills. Mike was a basketball star at Monaca High School before serving in the Army from 1942 to 1946. He received his bachelorís degree in physical education in 1953 from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and his masterís degree in 1954 at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Mike became head trainer at Bowdoin College, Maine, in 1954. Mike worked at the United States Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs in 1979 and served as a trainer in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, that was highlighted by the US hockey teamís upset of the Soviets. Mike was also named a trainer for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, but missed that opportunity when the United States boycotted the games. He was later a trainer for the 1981 National Sports Festival in Syracuse, New York. A former president of the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association, Mike also was a former New England regional director of the National Athletic Trainers Association and served as a director of the Bike Training Room Foundation and the NATA grant and scholarship committee. Mike was recognized as one of the top trainers in the country and was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 1982.