By Emily Delzell
Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur reported in October that amputees wearing its technologies dominated the lower limb competition at the inaugural Cybathlon games in Zurich, Switzerland, claiming all three medals in the leg prosthesis race. The Cybathlon is the first global competition designed to pit users of different assistive technologies in contests assessing their ability to address real-life obstacles.
Above-knee amputee Helgi Sveinsson won the gold medal in the leg prosthesis race, wearing his Össur Rheo Knee XC. Teammates Billy Costello, using an Össur running leg, and David Jonsson, using an Össur Power Knee, took silver and bronze, respectively. The fourth member of Össur’s Cybathlon team, Lukas Kalemba, claimed ninth place.
An estimated 4600 people cheered the runners, who completed six designated challenges, including sitting and rising from an upholstered chair, side-stepping over barriers of varying heights, climbing and descending ramps, and balancing food items on plates while traversing up and down stairs.