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."


Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

Updated 10 December 2018
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Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

  • The competition will be held in Thailand on Dec. 16
  • Miss ­Lebanon and Miss Egypt are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe

DUBAI: Miss Lebanon and Miss Egypt are set to represent the Middle East at Dec. 16’s Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

Miss ­Lebanon, Maya Reaidy, and Miss Egypt, Nariman Khaled, are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe, which will see 93 contestants smile, wave, sashay and generally delight the crowd next week.

The show is set to be hosted by US comedian Steve Harvey, who in 2016 made international headlines in a hilarious, cringe-worthy slip-up where he announced the wrong winner.

Harvey will be joined — perhaps saved — on stage by US model Ashley Graham.

Reaidy is a pharmacy student at the Lebanese American University, while Khaled is studying business information systems in Egypt.