30 years of Paralympic history

Ottobock has been promoting sports for people with disabilities for more than three decades.

Our commitment to the Paralympic Games began in 1988 when four O&P professionals from Australia recognised the need to offer athletes maintenance and repair services for their sports equipment at the Paralympic Games in Seoul. They did this by setting up what could be considered a rather improvised workshop.

By the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, the service had already been expanded to include a mobile workshop staffed by a team of 10 technicians from five countries. Ottobock has been at every Paralympic Summer and Winter Games ever since. An international team of 80 technicians speaking 20 different languages was assembled for London 2012. They offered their services in the workshops in all three Athletes’ Villages and at nine training and competition venues, supported by a mobile workshop unit. Athletes also relied on Ottobock’s technical service at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi and the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio. For Rio, the company deployed a 100-strong technical service team made up of members from 29 countries. The team put in over 10,400 hours of work on 2,408 repairs: evidence of just what an important role the technical service plays at the Paralympic Games.

Ottobock will once again be assuming the role of official prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair technical service provider at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
This will be the 15th time that Ottobock takes on this role, and the company will thus be celebrating a double anniversary. Exactly 30 years ago, four O&P professionals provided technical assistance to the athletes at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul for the first time. This laid the foundation for a commitment that has now lasted three decades, and today is known under the motto “Passion for Paralympics”. In this anniversary year, Ottobock will therefore be returning to where it all began.


Ottobock at the Games

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.

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Partnerships

In 2005 Ottobock became a Worldwide Partner of the International Paralympic Committee, and today works with Paralympic Committees all over the world.

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Sochi 2014

The intensity of the sporting rivalry between the US and Russia was in the air in the sledge hockey arena and in the Ottobock technical service repair centre, and this shows why welders have one of the most important roles at the Paralympic Games.

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Rio 2016

Ottobock was on hand to provide technical services for a record 4,350 athletes. Find out how the team achieved this incredible challenge.

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PyeongChang 2018

Ottobock is the official prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair technical service provider for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This will be the 14th time Ottobock has provided its technical service at the Paralympic Games and will mark 30 years of Passion for Paralympics.

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