Sunday, April 28, 2013

Original Gimp

Today I discovered The Original Gimp, Lucas Grossi.  He had a left below-knee amputation when he was 12.  He started and fell in love with snowboarding after his amputation.  In 2000, he created para-snowboarding.

Earlier this month, the Paralympics announced para-snowboarding, or adaptive snowboarding, will be an event in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.  Lucas finds out if he made the team in a few weeks.

His website had great information for both below-knee and above-knee snowboarding leg assemblies.  For me this was an awesome find.  Without it I would never had known which leg setups work best for snowboarding.

While I was searching for information about amputee snowboarding, I also came across this new leg prototype.

This was the leg Russel showed me two weeks ago.  Amputee technology is so impressive.

1 comment:

  1. I dont know how to words right now because my ankle blog buddy just wrote about the olympics. THESE ARE ALL OF MY FAVORITE THINGS. Next step: Get Tony To The Olympics So Meg Has An Amazing Excuse To Go. YOU HAVE 16 MONTHS, EXPERT SNOWBOARDER. TALLY HO! Well that or 4 years and 16 months. either way, get workin buddy.