Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Competition behind the scenes successfully done

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Rio 2016 Paralympic Games concludes with 2408 repair jobs completed in the Ottobock Repair Service Center

A glamourous closing ceremomy in the Maracana-Stadium saw the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games came to the end.

After nearly two weeks of non-stop repairs Ottobock technicians are leaving rewarded by the memories of the athletes they have support and the new friendships formed. A total of 2408 repair jobs and 3361 individual repairs in were finished by technicians in the Ottobock Repair Service Center. The variety of repairs meant that no day or repair was the same and no job more important than another, but a few special jobs stand out: holders for opening and closing ceremony flag bearers and the torch carried by Clodoaldo Silva to light Paralympic cauldron.

Ottobock technicians worked in two shifts from 7 am to 11 pm every day and 14,500 hours in total completing 2745 wheelchairs, 438 prothesis and 178 orthosis, and will continue to provide service until September 21st when every athlete has left the Paralympic Village. Teams with the most numbers of repairs where those with the biggest delegations including Brazil, Great Britain, USA and China.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games also held special moments for Ottobock President Professor Hans Georg Näder including participating in the torch relay, the honour of awarding medals and renewing the partnership with the IPC until the end of 2020.

It is not only the success of repair center that has provided Ottobock cause to celebrate. Ottobock Ambassadors have won 12 Gold, 12 Silver and 7 Bronze medals including Marlou van Rhijn, Heinrich Popow, Martina Caironi and Ronald Hertog who all reached the podium on the penultimate day of competition.

Also taking home a medal is Cuban Malu Perez Iser. Malu was introduced to running by Heinrich Popow at an Ottobock Running Clinic in Havana. She is the first running clinic participant to win a medal which provides a great source of pride not only for her, but Heinrich, the Ottobock team working in Cuba and the team behind Ottobock Running Clinics dedicated to enabling more people with disabilities to participate in sport.

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