Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games took place from March 7 – 16, 2014 and attract 550 athletes from 45 countries. Teams competed in the sports of ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing. Snowboarding made its Paralympic Games debut as a discipline in the alpine skiing programme.

As the Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Provider, Ottobock provided a team of technicians responsible for the repair and maintenance of equipment used by athletes competing in all these sports, as well as technical officials and members of the Paralympic Family.

Service was provided from workshops in each of the Athletes’ Villages as well as the alpine, nordic and ice sledge hockey venues, supported by a mobile service to provide remote repairs and make emergency deliveries of spare parts and equipment.

Ice sledge hockey created much of the demand and the team included welders to repair sleds damaged during this intense contact sport.

By the numbers:

  • 28 prosthetists, orthotists and wheelchair technicians from 11 countries.
  • 10 languages
  • 300 square metre of workshop space
  • 11,000 spare parts
  • 4 welders
  • Repair services provided to 138 athletes, 41 officials and members of the Paralympic Family from 39 nations