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Tokyo 2020

We are supporting athletes at the Paralympic Games 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 is the Official Technical Service Partner in Tokyo providing the athletes with free maintenance and repair services.

Workshop insights

On 17 August, Ottobock opened the doors of its Technical Repair Service Center in the Paralympic Village. Athletes can have their equipment maintained and repaired there before and during competitions. After all, wheelchairs, prostheses, orthoses and other devices are subject to extreme stress. 106 technical experts from 24 countries support the Paralympians with expertise and great enthusiasm. From simply inflating a wheelchair tyre to complex repairs.

The "Repair Tracker" shows the current figures:

06 September 2021 / day 23 of service Number
Repairs carried out in total 2083
Wheelchairs 1490
Prostheses 328
Orthoses 59
Other products 206
Ottobock workshop team in Tokyo.
The Ottobock Technical Service Team in the workshop inside the Paralympic Village.

Behind the scenes

News from the workshop and personal insights can be found at the "Passion for Paralympics" social media channels (Instagram, Facebook). Further background information on Ottobock's commitment to the Paralympic Games.

Meet our technicians

We would like to tell you about the outstanding work being done by our global team of Ottobock technicians who will be providing support for all athletes at the Technical Repair Service Center in Tokyo.

Meet our technicians and learn what makes them passionate about their job.

This collection will keep on growing in the coming months as we prepare for the Paralympic Games, so stay alert.

Get to know our technicians

Chuan Meng - China

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I work at Ottobock China as a Technical Service Supervisor in the wheelchair department.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
Since 21 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport event have you worked at? What was your role?
I participated in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Summer Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games. At the same time, I have participated in some domestic disabled events.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
The fighting spirit of the athletes.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with different technicians and contribute to the Paralympics.

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means for you!
There are two meanings:
The first is for friends who I have never met in real: I am looking forward to see you soon.
And the second meaning is for those who I know since a long time: I am happy to meet you again!
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Ryota Itagaki - The Philippines

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I am a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (CPO) at Ottobock Philippines.

Number of years working in the field of orthopedics?
Since 2.5 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport event have you worked at? What was your role?
I have not worked at Paralympic Games before - so no experience until now.

So these are your first Paralympic Games. What inspired you to apply for the Ottobock team?
It’s a unique opportunity that I can join the Ottobock Technical Repair Service Team during the Paralympics in my home country, so I wanted to be part of it.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
To meet and talk to a lot of people who are part and support the Paralympic Movement.

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
東京で会いましょう
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Antoine Harika - Lebanon

Where do you work and what are your professional qualifications?
I work as a product manager at Centre Harika in Lebanon. Also I am a CPO and expert in Cad/Cam.

Number of years working in the field of orthopedics?
Since 11 years.

What other Paralympic Games or sport event have you worked at? What was your role?
I worked during the Paralympic Winter Games in Sotchi 2014 and the Paralympic Summer Games in Rio in 2016 as a technican at the Ottobock Repair Service Center.

What was your favorite Paralympic memory?
What fascinated me the most is the spirit of the teams at the Paralympic Games.

What are you looking forward to in Tokyo?
Getting more experience and the great teamwork.

Last but not least: Let us know what ‘See you in Tokyo!’ means in your language!
"See you in Tokyo!" means for me, that we will have a great event and that I am looking forward to having a collaboration there.
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Mihaela Fluenescu – Romania

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work at Ottobock Romania as an O&P professional specialising in transtibial and transfemoral prosthetics.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
I have been working here for 10 years.

What Paralympic Games have you already attended, and in what role?
I have not yet had the opportunity to work at the Paralympic Games.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
That was in 2008 when I happened to see a wheelchair basketball game on TV. I have been really excited about the Paralympic Games ever since!

So these are your first Paralympic Games. What inspired you to apply for the Ottobock team?
Seeing the results of the patients I know and with whom I have worked previously.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
The lively atmosphere, the outstanding teamwork, getting to know colleagues and athletes, and the competitions. In other words, I'm looking forward to all of it!

In conclusion, how do you say "See you in Tokyo" in your native language?
Ne vedem la Tokyo!
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Anika Sommer – Germany

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work as head of the prosthetics team at OT Kiel. I am a trained O&P professional.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
I trained at Ottobock and worked there for four years.

What Paralympic Games have you already attended, and in what role?
In 2015, I attended the World Para Athletics in Doha as a technician. .

What is your best Paralympic memory?
The positive mood during the competitions.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
I especially look forward to the various fittings, the competitions, the athletes, the diversity of the tasks and the entire team.
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Pieter van der Snoek – Netherlands

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work at Livit Orthopaedie in Rotterdam. A lot of my work is with children who have cerebral palsy. I fabricate custom orthoses and treat users with transfemoral and transtibial prostheses. I also take part in our training programme, where I provide further education for our technicians in communication, gait analysis and special orthoses for children.

How long have you been working in the orthopaedic technology field?
I started working in this trade in 1995. My connection with Ottobock was good right from the start.

Have you ever provided support at the Paralympic Games before?
These will be my first Paralympic Games. However, I have previously organised a Running Clinic with my company.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
The finale of Marlou van Rhijn at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. What an exciting race that was! Nothing could keep me in my seat in the stadium.

So these are your first Paralympic Games. What inspired you to apply for the Ottobock team?
I was in Rio as a guest in 2016 and was so impressed by the spirit of the event that I applied.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
The teamwork and helping the athletes reach their goals. And being part of it, supporting this special moment, this special event. I'm looking forward to making great memories.

In conclusion, how do you say "See you in Tokyo" in your native language?
We zien elkaar in Tokio!
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Bertrand Azori – France

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work in Nancy, France as an occupational therapist, O&P professional and Patient Care Manager.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
For 10 years.

Have you ever provided support at the Paralympic Games before?
Sadly I have not had the opportunity to be part of the Paralympic Games before.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
I'll tell you all about it in September.

So these are your first Paralympic Games. What inspired you to apply for the Ottobock team?
I want to support the athletes and help them compete under the best possible conditions. And to be well prepared for Paris 2024, the Paralympic Games in France.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
Taking part in the Paralympic Games with the other technicians and athletes from all over the world and, if possible, exploring a new country and a different culture.

In conclusion, how do you say "See you in Tokyo" in your native language?
Rendez-vous à Tokyo!
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John Snethen – USA

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work at Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research in Oklahoma City as a certified O&P professional.

How long have you been working in the orthopaedic technology field?
I have been working in this field for 11 years.

Have you ever provided support at the Paralympic Games before?
I had the honour to be part of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a technician, and also supported the athletes at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
There really are too many to list them all. I love the idea of many different cultures and people coming together to support the athletes. So many technicians, whom many of us would never have worked with, get together there for a common cause. I also like that the athletes are able to compete on a world stage, making a dream come true that all of them worked so hard for. Seeing both sides of things is astounding.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
Seeing all of us come together as one world. I believe it will bring a certain normality back to our lives after the past years of fighting the pandemic. To see the athletes being able to focus solely on their competition or game and nothing else, no other problems, just giving their best. I also look forward to working with the other technicians from all over the world so we can all support these athletes.

In conclusion, how do you say "See you in Tokyo" in your native language?
‘See you in Tokyo!’ – for me, this means that we can finally come together again to do our best for the athletes.
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Jeff Waldmuller – USA

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I am an O&P professional in the research and development department at Ottobock in Salt Lake City.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
2 years.

Have you ever provided support at the Paralympic Games before?
No, unfortunately not. But I have worked as a technician at various sports events, such as the Houston and Dallas Marathon, the Texas Independence Relay, several triathlons and many other adaptive sports and running events. I also supported the World Para Alpine Ski Races (NAC Huntsman Cup) and the Endeavour Games.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
Since I have never been there, I have no direct memories. But I am inspired by the growth and recognition of parasport as a whole. It makes me proud to be part of this Paralympic movement.

So these are your first Paralympic Games. What inspired you to apply for the Ottobock team?
Being part of the Paralympic Games has always been a dream of mine – either as an athlete or as an O&P professional. That's why I'm very much involved in parasports and have always looked for opportunities to support the parasports community. Now I have the chance in Tokyo and am looking forward to it.

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

In conclusion, how do you say "See you in Tokyo" in your native language?
‘See you in Tokyo!’ – for me, this means we will all get together in Tokyo for an outstanding sports event, overcoming the limits of the human body and spirit. We will dedicate ourselves to inclusion in sports and society. In spite of all the challenges this year, I'm confident that we will succeed and inspire everybody.
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Miguel Espinoza – Chile

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work at the Chilean branch in Santiago de Chile as an O&P professional.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
14 years.

What Paralympic Games have you already attended?

I was previously in London 2012, Rio 2016 and also at the 2019 Parapan Games in Lima.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
One of my best memories is when an athlete from Colombia brought his javelin throwing chair to our Technical Repair Service Center for an urgent modification. A few hours later, he came back with his gold medal to have his picture taken with us.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
I most of all look forward to working with colleagues whom I will be seeing again.

In conclusion, how do you say "See you in Tokyo" in your native language?
¡Nos vemos en Tokio!
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Emerson Bovo – Brazil

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work as an O&P professional at the Academy in Brazil.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
14 years.

What Paralympic Games have you already attended, and in what role?
London 2012 and at the 2019 Parapan Games in Lima.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
The spirit of friendship and cooperation.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
Getting to know Japan and the Japanese culture.

In conclusion, how do you say "See you in Tokyo" in your native language?
Nos vemos em Tokio!
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Julian Napp – Germany

Where do you work, and what is your role there?
I work in orthotics, sports and support at the Patient Care clinic in Duderstadt.

How long have you been working at Ottobock?
16 years.

What Paralympic Games have you already attended, and in what role?
London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 as a technician and technical director.

What is your best Paralympic memory?
I have no "one" special moment. There were so many. Every time you can help an athlete so they can take part in a competition, or when successful athletes come back to the Technical Repair Service Center to express their gratitude. If you include experiences outside the Technical Repair Service Center, the opening and closing ceremonies were also incredibly impressive and I will never forget them.

What are you looking forward to the most in Tokyo?
I'm really looking forward to the team and working with various people from different cultures. Over the last few years, I have also worked with a large number of athletes taking part in the competitions. I'm looking forward to seeing whether the work paid off.

Allen key goes to Tokyo

In preparation for support at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, our oversized Allen key is going on a world tour starting at the end of February!

Soon you will be able to see here what stops our Allen key has already made and meet the technicians who will be providing technical support in Tokyo.

Contact for the Paralympic Games

Merle Florstedt

Spokeswoman and Head of Corporate Communications Europe

+49 5527 848 1771
Merle.Florstedt@ottobock.de

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA
Max-Näder-Str. 15
37115 Duderstadt, Germany