Peter Franzel – Germany
Peter, what is your connection to the Paralympic Games and Ottobock’s technical service?
I am responsible for the overall organisation of Ottobock’s involvement in the Paralympic Games. I also oversee the technical service team as its director. Since 2006, I have been involved in trade shows and events on behalf of Ottobock. And I also took care of organising the workshops and ensuring that they ran smoothly at the Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.
There’s a strong sense of camaraderie and a spirit unlike any other among the athletes at the Paralympic Games. It is something that’s truly amazing to see. For example, I’ll never forget the 100 metres at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008: One of the runners fell and her competitor stopped to help her up. The runners then finished the race together. This is an example of what makes the Paralympic movement special, and isn’t something you would often see at other sporting events.
My goal for PyeongChang 2018 is to match the excellent results we achieved at previous Paralympic Games. I want to organise the best possible technical service for the athletes so they can focus completely on the competition. I am confident the team will meet this enormous challenge head on and make PyeongChang 2018 an event to be remembered.
Technical Service Director
Place of residence: Duderstadt, Germany
Previous Paralympic Games: Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016