Ottobock has been promoting sports for people with a disability for more than three decades.
Our commitment to the Paralympics began when four prosthetists from Australia recognized the need for repair and maintenance of Paralympic athletes’ equipment during competition and set up service in an improvised workshop at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games.
The service was expanded for the Barcelona1992 Paralympic Games to include a mobile workshop staffed by a team of 10 technicians from 5 countries. Ottobock has been part of all summer and winter Paralympic Games ever since. By London 2012 Ottobock’s technical service operation had grown into a multi-national team of 80 technicians speaking 20 languages and working out of workshops in the three Athletes’ Villages and nine training and competition venues, all supported by a mobile unit.
At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Ottobock expanded its commitment to the Paralympic movement to include public education. The Ottobock Snow Dome provided visitors with a hands-on Paralympic sport experience. The success of the Snow Dome inspired Ottobock to develop an interactive multi-media travelling exhibition. Currently touring Asia, it showcases how Ottobock technology is used by Paralympic athletes and all people with a disability both on and off the field of play.
Ottobock has been a partner to the Paralympic Games providing technical service since 1988. Read more about the history of the Games and this unique role.
In 2005 Ottobock became a Worldwide Partner of the International Paralympic Committee, and today works with Paralympic Committees all over the world.
With 2.7 million spectators and a record breaking global television audience of 3.4 billion expectations were high. In the Ottobock technical service repair centre it was business as usual.
The intensity of the sporting rivalry between the US and Russia was felt in the sledge hockey arena and in the Ottobock Technical Service Repair Centre, showing why welders have one of the most important roles at the Paralympic Games.