Össur Athletes Win 26 Medals on ‘Gold Standard’ Cheetah Carbon Fiber Blades
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, Sept. 26, 2016 -- Athletes using Össur carbon fiber blades were in the spotlight at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, setting new World and Paralympic records and winning a record number of medals, the company announced today.
Össur had a particularly strong showing in below knee amputee sprinting, with all medalists in the men’s 100m, 200m and 400m races wearing the company’s iconic Cheetah running blades.
Highlights of Össur Athlete Performances
Members of Team Össur and Össur Ambassadors won a total of 12 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze Paralympic medals in Rio, including:
- Double-Gold Medalist and Team Össur athlete Marie-Amelie Le Fur of France, who set two new World Records in the Long Jump and T44 400m Sprint
- Double-Gold Medalist and Team Össur athlete Jody Cundy of Great Britain, who set a new World Record in Mixed C1-5 750m team sprinting in Cycling
- Gold Medalist, reigning World Champion and Team Össur member Markus Rehm of Germany, who had a remarkable 8.21m in the men’s T44 Long Jump
- Double-Medalist and Team Össur member Richard Whitehead of Great Britain, who successfully defended his 2012 Paralympic Gold Medal in the T42 200m Sprint, and also took Silver in the T42 100m Sprint
- Silver Medalist swimmer and Team Össur member Rudy Garcia-Tolson, who set a new American Record in the 100m event, and took Silver in the 200m Individual Medley
- Bronze Medalist and Össur Ambassador Mohamed Lahna, who competed in the Paralympics’ historic, first-ever Triathlon event
“We salute the exceptional performance of all Team Össur members and Ambassadors who competed at the Rio Paralympic Games. Their accomplishments elevated para-athletic sport to new heights, and have shown inarguably that our Cheetah technology remains the prosthesis of choice for world-class athletes,” said Jon Sigurdsson, Össur’s President and CEO. If its athletes were counted as a country, Sigurdsson added, Össur’s Gold Medal wins would have ranked it as 9th overall among all participating nations.
Össur (NASDAQ: OSSR) is a global leader in non-invasive orthopaedics that help people live a life without limitations. Its business is focused on improving people’s mobility through the delivery of innovative technologies within the fields of Prosthetic, Osteoarthritis and Injury Solutions. A recognized “Technology Pioneer,” Össur invests significantly in research and product development—its award-winning designs ensuring a consistently strong position in the market. Successful patient and clinical outcomes are further empowered via Össur’s educational programs and business solutions. Headquartered in Iceland, Össur has major operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with additional distributors worldwide. www.ossur.com