In addition to the bobsleds and skeletons that deBotech helped to build, deBotech also partnered with BMW to develop a special sit-ski seat for 2014 U.S. Paralympic team member Alana Nichols. Nichols will use the seat to compete in the alpine skiing competition in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games which takes place starting March 8th.
As Hans said of Nichols, “She is a cool person and a true fighter. Everyone at deBotech will be cheering her on.”
Alana Nichols states in a recent article, “When I’m on a mountain and I’m sliding, I feel so free – one, because I get to move fast, and, two, because I get to be creative and move where I want and the mountain is sort of my canvass. It makes me feel alive because I can move at my own will…….But on a mountain and in a monoski, I feel very free.”
See full article @ http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/03/alana_nichols_a_former_alabama_1.html
deBotech Inc. is a proud composite manufacturer for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
Olympic bobsledders credit Mooresville businessman’s work..by By Caroline McMillan Portillo of the Charlotte Observer
Hans deBot, president and CEO of deBotech Inc., which was hired by BMW to develop the composite bodies for Team USA’s new bobsleds and skeletons. For the first time in decades, the men’s team is favored to win the gold, and they’re attributing a lot of the new speed and agility to the new sleds.
“Everyone has a track that they click with and Sochi just fits with me,” Daly said. “On this track there is no hard steering and you let the sled sort of just ride.” By R.J. Rico, NBCOlympics.com