Thursday, 09. November 2017

30 years of passionate commitment

Ottobock celebrates Paralympic anniversary in Korea

There’s only four months to go: The Paralympic Winter Games will be held from 9 to 18 March 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Six hundred and seventy athletes from 42 countries are expected to attend – more than ever before. They will be competing in a total of 80 competitions in six disciplines, with a programme that includes Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing, Ice sledge hockey, Para snowboard and Wheelchair curling.

To ensure that the athletes’ technical equipment is ready for action when it counts, Ottobock will once again be on site as the official prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair technical service provider. A 23-strong team of experts will be available to weld, repair and screw together anything the athletes require at a 300 square metre technical repair service centre located right in the Athletes’ Village. In addition to wheelchairs, seat cushions and special skiing prostheses, this also includes any other type of device the athletes need on an everyday basis and to reach the venues.

Marketing Director General for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee EOM Chanwang: “I would like to thank Ottobock for their support of the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and for all the assistance they provide to the athletes to ensure they can perform at their best. We are focused on delivering an athlete centric Games so having partners like Ottobock is very important. We want the athletes to have everything that they need and that includes having the support services for their equipment available to them whenever they require it.”

“We are delighted to be attending the Paralympic Games as an official partner again,” said Christin Gunkel, Chief Marketing Officer at Ottobock. “The Games in Pyeongchang have a special significance for us: We’ll be returning to the country where Ottobock and the Paralympic Games first began the story they continue to share. And the Games will also serve as an occasion to celebrate this partnership’s 30 years of success,” said Gunkel. The 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang will represent the starting point for a total of three consecutive Paralympic Games which will be held on Asian soil.

Ottobock will be assuming the role of technical service provider for the 15th time, and therefore celebrating another anniversary in the 30-year partnership. In 1988, four Ottobock O&P professionals from Australia provided technical assistance for the athletes at the Paralympic Games in Seoul for the first time. A small gazebo served as a workshop at the time. This laid the foundation for a commitment that has now lasted three decades, and today is known under the motto “Passion for Paralympics”. When it celebrates its anniversary as technical service provider in 2018, Ottobock will be returning to where it all began: South Korea.

By the numbers:

  • 23 O&P professionals, wheelchair technicians and support staff
  • Including 4 welders
  • 10 languages
  • 4 technical service repair centres in the Athletes’ Village as well as at the alpine, nordic and ice sledge hockey venues
  • 300 m² workshop space in the repair service centre at the Athletes’ Village
  • 19 days of technical service
  • 3246 hours of expected work
  • 260 repairs expected to be carried out

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Merle Florstedt

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