I feel you: Depeche Mode's masseur moonlights at Olympics

Ryan Zapolski of the US sprays water on his face at the Gangneung Hockey Center, Gangneung, South Korea on February 17, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 18 February 2018
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I feel you: Depeche Mode's masseur moonlights at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG: The United States men's ice hockey team just can't get enough of their new Olympic masseur -- he also just happens to be the massage therapist for rock band Depeche Mode.
Peewee Willmann, who soothes the aching bones of the British electro rockers while on tour, moonlights for the American team who are chasing gold in Pyeongchang.
"There is really no big difference between a rock and roll star and a hockey player," said the German -- though presumably there is less sex, drugs and rock and roll at the Olympics.
"A hockey player -- you need harder stuff," added Willmann. "You go in deep on the muscle structure. A lead singer needs more work, something for his voice, something for the mental side (of performing) and I can treat it."
Willmann has worked on and off with USA Hockey for 15 years but was offered a job touring with Depeche Mode after fixing a knee injury suffered by lead singer Dave Gahan, he said.
"Touring with the band is the same as (at the Olympics), said Willmann, who will join up with the eighties stars in Mexico before their South American tour when the Olympics come to a close on February 25.
"We have our own breakfast club, we go swimming every day.
"They are getting older and they know they have done some stupid things," he added.
"It's not the same anymore. The sex, drugs and rock and roll life was in the eighties."


‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper harness-free

Updated 25 March 2019
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‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper harness-free

  • Climb was done to help to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame cathedral
  • Robert has climbed more than 100 structures including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj al Khalifa in Dubai

PARIS: Dubbed the “French Spiderman,” Alain Robert scaled a skyscraper in Paris on Friday without a harness to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame cathedral.
Television images showed the 56-year-old using horizontal struts running up the Engie headquarters’ curved facade and a protruding structure going top-to-bottom of the 185-meter glass-fronted building in La Defense business district
Robert halted regularly to chalk his hands.
He was arrested shortly after completing the climb.
“Because there’s no money left in the government coffers, the cathedral is falling into disrepair,” he said ahead of the climb. His sponsors were writing a cheque of €5,000 ($5,650) to help finance the renovations, he added.
During the stunt, bystanders at the bottom pointed smartphones toward clear blue skies as wispy clouds raced overheard in blustery winds.
Robert has climbed more than 100 structures including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj al Khalifa in Dubai, as well as the same tower in Paris in 2016.
The Archbishop of Paris is on a drive to raise more than €100 million to save Notre-Dame’s crumbling gargoyles and gothic arches.