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Olympian Benefits from Stem Cell Treatment


Ravel received "emergency treatment with a new technology based on stem cell therapy" before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to an Aug. 9 report in Discovery News.

Veterinarian Rodrigo Vasquez wouldn't give details for what type of injury he treated Ravel for, but did say the horse is a "high-impact athlete" and runs the same risks as any other athlete in a high performance sport.

Ravel and his rider, Steffen Peters, finished 17th in the individual dressage event Thursday. The competition involves riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance.

After the event, Peters announced that the 15-year-old horse — considered a senior in dressage competition — would retire after the London Games. Ravel is owned by Akiko Yamazaki; he will spend his retirement at stud in California.

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