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We support athletes at the Paralympics in Tokyo

The 16th Summer Paralympic Games will be held from 24 August to 5 September 2021. A total of 4,400 athletes will participate in 22 disciplines and compete in 539 medal rounds. Ottobock will continue the company’s unique history at the Paralympic Games by once again serving as the Official Technical Service Partner in Tokyo and providing the athletes with free maintenance and repair services.

Meet our technicians

We want to give you insights into the great work of our global Ottobock technician team that will support the athletes in Tokyo in the Service Center.

Meet our technicians and get to know what they are passionate about!

This collection will constantly grow in the upcoming month in the preparation of the Paralympics in Tokyo in August.

Get to know our technicians

Bertrand Azori - France

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I am working in Nancy in France as an occupational therapist, CPO and Patient Care Manager.

Number of years working at Ottobock?
I have been working at Ottobock since 10 years.

What other Paralympic Games have you worked at?
I never had the opportunity to go to the Paralympics.

What was your favorite Paralympic memory?
I will tell you in September.

These are your first Games: What inspired you to apply?
The chance to allow athletes to compete in the best conditions possible and to prepare well for Paris 2024 - the upcoming Paralympic Games in France.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
To be at the Paralympic Games with technicians and athletes from all over the world and, if possible, discover a new country and culture.

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
Rendez-vous à Tokyo!
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John Snethen- USA

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I work at Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research in Oklahoma City. I am a prosthetic technician/ certified prosthetic assistant.

Number of years working in the field of orthopedics?
I have worked in this field for 11 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport events have you worked at?
I had the honor to be a part of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games and work also at the Parapan American Games in Lima in 2019.

What was your favorite Paralympic memory?
There truly are too many to list. I love the thought of many different cultures and people coming together to help the athletes. So many technicians that many of us never worked together with meet for a common good. I also love seeing the athletes compete on a world stage that they have worked so hard to get to. It is amazing to see both sides of things and to see the strength of the athletes.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
To see us all come together as a world. I believe it will bring back some kind of normality to our lives after the past year/ years we have had with the pandemic. Seeing the athletes be able to just focus of their event and nothing else, no other issues but to do their best. I am also looking forward to working along side the other technicians from around the world so that we can all help these athletes.

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
‘See you in Tokyo' means that we will finally all be on a center stage to compete.
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Jeff Waldmuller - USA

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I am a Research & Development Prosthetist (CP) for Ottobock in Salt Lake City.

Number of years working at Ottobock?
2 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport events have you worked at?
I worked as CP at several sport events like the Houston and Dallas Marathon, the Texas Independence Relay, several Triathlon races and many other adaptive running and sports clinics. I also supported at the World Para Alpine Ski Races (NAC Huntsman Cup) and the Endeavor Games.

What was your favorite Paralympic memory?
As I have not been working at the Paralympic Games yet, I have no specific memory, but the growth and recognition of adaptive sports as a whole is something I am proud to have been a part of.

These are your first Games: What inspired you to apply?
It always has been my dream to attend the Paralympic Games - either as an athlete or as a prosthetist. That’s why I am often getting involved in adaptive sports, always looking for opportunities to support the Para sport community. Now I will have the chance in Tokyo and I am really excited.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
I'm looking forward to being part of the Paralympic Games and supporting the Para athletes - and of course also to the Japanese food and the culture.

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
‘See you in Tokyo!’ - which means that we will all get together in Tokyo for a great sport event in order to push the boundaries of the human body, mind and spirit. We will advocate for equality in sport and in the community. Despite all challenges, I am sure, we will succeed and inspire all.
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Miguel Espinoza - Chile

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I work as a CPO for Ottobock Southern Cone in the Santiago workshop.

Number of years working at Ottobock?
14 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport event have you worked at?
I worked during the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the Parapan Games 2019 in Lima as CPO.

What was your favorite Paralympic memory?
One of my favorites was the time that an athlete from Colombia brought his javelin throw bench to our workshop for an urgent modification. After a few hours he returned to have us photographed with him and his gold medal.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
I look forward to see and share good moments of work and have fun with many of my colleagues!

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
¡Nos vemos en Tokio!
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Emerson Bovo - Brazil

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?I work in the Academy Brazil as CPO.

Number of years working at Ottobock?
14 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport event have you worked at? What was your role?
I worked during the Parapan 2019 in Lima as CPO and in London.

What was your favorite Paralympic memory?
The spirit of friendship and cooperation.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
I am looking forward to get to know and learn about Japanese culture.

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
Nos vemos em Tokio!
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Julian Napp - Germany

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I work in the Patient Care Center Duderstadt in the field of orthotics, sports and support.

Number of years working at/ with Ottobock?
16 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport event have you worked at? What was your role?
2012 London, 2014 Sochi, 2016 Rio, 2018 Pyoengchang as technician and technical director.

What was your favorite Paralympic memory?
There is not “one” special moment for me. There were many. Every time you can help an athlete and they can compete or when successful athletes come back to the workshop to say thank you. If you take a look outside of the workshop, the opening and closing ceremonies in London were unbelievable impressive so I will always remember.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
I am really looking forward to the team and the work with different people from different cultures. In addition, in the last few years I have worked with a large number of athletes who take part in the competitions. I look forward to seeing if the work was worth it

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
Wir sehen uns in Tokio!

Giant Allen Key goes to Tokyo

In preparation for the support at the Paralympics in Tokyo, our oversized allen key is going on a world tour starting at the end of February.

Here you can follow soon which stations the allen key has already traveled and meet the technicians who will provide technical support in Toyko.