Technical service workshops located in the two Athletes’ Villages as well as the alpine skiing, nordic skiing and ice sledge hockey venues have opened and are ready for action ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The workshops are operated by Ottobock HealthCare, the Official Technical Service Provider for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Ottobock, celebrating 25 years of Paralympic partnership, is responsible for the repair and maintenance of equipment essential to the performances of competing athletes.
In the last crucial days before the competition begins athletes arriving in Sochi are expected to visit the workshops to have their equipment seen by Ottobock’s 28-strong team of technicians, as part of final essential competition preparations. National flag-bearers will also visit to have specially prepared flag-holders attached to wheelchairs to enable them to lead out their teams in the Opening Ceremony.
“As a partner to the Paralympic Games since 1988 we have witnessed the growth of the Paralympic Movement from its very beginning. With awareness now at record levels and television audiences worldwide we understand the pressure on athletes to perform and their need for reliable and experienced technical service,” said Professor Hans Georg Nӓder, Ottobock HealthCare President and CEO. “For the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games we have once again gathered a global team of the best technicians in their field. They will be dedicated to taking care of equipment repair and maintenance so that the athletes can focus on their competition.”
Equipped with specialist machinery and 11,000 spare parts, the technical service team is expecting the largest demand for repairs and servicing to come from the ice sledge hockey competition. Specialist welders are part of the Ottobock Technical Service Team to repair equipment damage from this high-intensity sport.
In total, Ottobock is preparing to conduct hundreds of repairs and deliver approximate 3000 working hours to serve the approximately 600 competing Paralympians and their support teams from 47 nations. To support the cultural and language requirements of this diverse global group the Ottobock technical service team includes members from Canada, Brazil, Korea, Japan, UK, USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon and Switzerland.
“Over 25 years of partnership Ottobock has grown into one of the Paralympic Movement’s most loyal and reliable partners,” said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President. “Trusted by athletes from around the world to repair and maintain their equipment when it matters most, the level of technical expertise and efficiency in operating workshops provided by Ottobock is now a requisite for the smooth running and success of the Paralympic Games.”
Facts and Figures
• Ottobock will operate workshops in the mountain and coastal Athletes’ Villages as well as in three competition venues – Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and Ice sledge hockey.
• 24/7 service is available to all 600 Paralympians from 47 countries as well as members of the Paralympic family.
• 28 technicians will staff the workshops. They come from Canada, Brazil, Korea, Japan, UK, USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon and Switzerland.
• The workshops are stocked with 9 tonnes of equipment and 11,000 spare parts.
• Ottobock has been a partner to the Paralympic Games providing technical service since the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, and has completed approximately 12,000 repairs for athletes during Paralympic Games since then.
About Ottobock HealthCare
Ottobock is a world leading supplier of high quality, innovative and practical solutions that restore human mobility and help people to rediscover personal independence. Ottobock HealthCare is part of the Ottobock global group of companies established in Berlin, Germany in 1919. Its wide product range includes high quality prosthetic and orthotic components, wheelchairs, rehabilitation and mobility products available worldwide through clinics and dealers. With a highly motivated and skilled team of professionals offering expert advice, product sales, service and support, Ottobock solutions enhance the physical comfort, confidence and mobility of the individual. Ottobock aims to achieve the best possible outcome for its customers, combining the latest technology with cutting-edge products and services.
Ottobock is also the Official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Provider of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. It has been supporting people with disabilities participate in sports and recreation for more than three decades, and has been a Partner of the Paralympic Games since 1988. Ottobock has been an official ‘Worldwide Partner of the Paralympic Movement’ since 2005. www.ottobock.com/paralympics