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Palmer alumni are keeping elite athletes at the top of their game

Spring 2012

West Campus

Dr. Terry Schroeder selected as a finalist for U.S. Olympic Hall Of Fame

Dr. Terry Schroeder in “coaching mode.”
Dr. Terry Schroeder yelling

USA Men’s National Water Polo Team Head Coach and four-time Olympian Terry Schroeder, D.C., West ’86, has been selected as a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

“It is a huge honor to be nominated as a finalist,” says Dr. Schroeder, who in his Olympic coaching debut guided the U.S. men’s water polo team to the gold-medal game in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. “Wow! To be included with this outstanding group of fellow Olympians is amazing.”

The public had an opportunity to vote for their preferred candidates and teams by visiting a dedicated voting portal at (Editor’s note: At press time, public voting had closed, but the winners had not yet been announced.)  

Following the close of public voting, those votes are being added to the vote totals of Olympians, Paralympians and U.S. Olympic family members to determine the six Olympians, one Paralympian and one team that will make up the 2012 class. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced in May and inducted on July 12 during a special ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Schroeder—a member of four U.S. Olympic water polo teams, including two that won silver medals—was hailed as “The Consummate Olympian” in a Sports Illustrated feature story published prior to the ’92 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The article was equally noteworthy for including a photo of Dr. Schroeder with other D.C.s in the extended Schroeder family (which includes more than 70 chiropractors) standing adjacent to the foam Palmer Spine on the campus of Pepperdine University, where Dr. Schroeder played and coached.

A three-time captain of the men’s Olympic water polo team, Dr. Schroeder carried the U.S. flag at the closing ceremonies of the ’88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. He also was the model for the male torso statue that was sculpted for the ’84 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and which still stands outside the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Twenty years passed between the U.S. men’s silvermedal performance in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea (of which Dr. Schroeder was team captain) and their amazing silver-medal finish in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China (of which Dr. Schroeder was the coach). He’s confident about the team’s chances of a return to the medal podium at the 2012 Games in London; the water polo tournament takes place from July 29 to Aug. 12.

“We are in the hunt for a gold medal and are one of eight teams that have a real chance of winning,” says Dr. Schroeder, who practices at Schroeder Center for Healthy Living in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and also is a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “All of these teams are separated by a goal, and it will come down to who is the most prepared and who is peaking at the right time.”

“I like our chances. With Merrill Moses (who is tentatively scheduled to enter the West Campus program in Fall 2012) in the cage for us, we should be strong defensively. A hot goaltender can take you all the way to the top. It should be a fun and exciting time, and I am looking forward to the Games.”

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