A German cyclist is to compete in this year’s Paralympics wearing a 3D printed leg prosthesis. The technology provides a cheaper and faster alternative to conventional plaster-casting.
Söckchen was not expected to walk again after having a leg amputated. But the Secretary bird at a sanctuary in the German town of Walsrode has been rehabilitated thanks to a bit of ingenuity and a 3D printer.
The idea of merging the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been discussed from time to time. However but there is little support for the idea among the associations that govern the various sports represented.
German athletes won gold at the first-ever Paralympic triathlon and set a world record in the long jump. As the games continue in Rio, more events have been designed to bring out the best in the competitors.
German swimmer Torben Schmidtke is hoping to win the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. However, he, like many others regards the current impairment classification system as unfair.
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