Today in the Ottobock Repair Service Centers

Ottobock Technical Service is provided for all competing athletes, technical officials and members of the Paralympic family by:

  • A 100 strong technical service team including prosthetists, orthotists, wheelchair technicians and welders.
  • Team members from 29 countries
  • A multi-lingual team with 26 languages spoken

Today’s facts and figures

Number of athletes serviced: 1162

Repairs by equipment

  • Wheelchairs: 2745
  • Prosthetics: 438
  • Orthotics: 178

Repairs by Sport

  1. Athletics: 441
  2. Wheelchair Basketball: 290
  3. Wheelchair Tennis: 193
  4. Powerlifting: 154
  5. Swimming: 128

Total Games repairs so far: 3361

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Ottobock Ambassador Martina Caironi stopped by at the reapir center today and proudly showed everyone her silver medal in the long jump.

Ottobock technicians are efficient in changing tires, and can change up to 20-30 every day.

Even the tiniest repairs need to be taken care of. Can you spot the crack?

Not many people expect to see a sewing machine in a technical repair center, but much of the work done by Ottobock technicians requires them to have sewing skills.

Ottobock technician Chris Song made a new handle today for an athlete’s hand cycle.

A racing hand cycle waits for a repair at the Ottobock repair center.

Today NBC visited the Ottobock repair center, look out for the feature.

Triathlon athlete Stefan Loesler consults Ottobock technicians about his prosthesis.

Rio Woolf was happy to come to the repair center today to try out his brand new running blade, which he chose special stickers for.

Netherlands prosthecist prepares Ottobock Ambassador Ronald Hertog’s running blade to put on a sole.

Today a large group of children and teenagers who were the winners from each country of the Panasonic video contest visited the repair center as part of their tour in the Paralympic games.

15 years ago in Tanzania Chris Rushman met Provian Dandi, a young boy who dreamt of studying Journalism. Chris and his friends sponsored Provian. Today the two reunite after so many years and Provian is now the Chef de Mission of the Tanzania delegation.

Visiting the Repair- Service Center today, Ottobock President Professor Hans Georg Näder is proud of the work done by all the technicians and staff.

Ottobock technician Karim Daib is extremely concentrated as he applies talcum powder to attach the socket to the foot of an athlete’s prosthetics.

Liliana, a member of the Mexican delegation came by to pick up a special bench made for a Club Throw athlete.

The Ottobock reception confirmed, once again, the partnership and mutual support between Ottobock and the Paralympic Committee.

Today was the first live broadcast of the games from inside the Ottobock Technical Service Repair Center in Rio 2016.

Ottobock’s wall of polaroids is already packed with memories and it has only been 3 days.

Ottobock President Professor Hans Georg Näder is honoured by running with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch

The Ottobock Technical Service Repair Center in action

Head of the Ottobock technical team Julian Napp provides service to swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein, a member of the Independent Paralympic Athletes (IPA) Team

The repair center is bursting at the seams with welding repairs

With the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games about to commence athletes equipment is ready for competition

Special visitors at the repair center are always welcome, Rio Woolf and Ronald Hertog from Netherlands dropped by to say hello.