Charlotte Engineer and Business Man Assists Team USA in Quest for Gold at Sochi 2014 Olympics
Feb 10, 2014


Charlotte Engineer and Business Man Assists Team USA in Quest for Gold at Sochi 2014 Olympics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Hans deBot, a Charlotte engineer and president of deBotech Inc., will play an important role in assisting Team USA in its quest for gold at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

A native of North Carolina, deBot worked closely with the United States Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF) and its athletes to help develop a carbon fiber technology to be utilized in the fleet of two-man bobsleds, the ProtoStar V5 skeletons and the “Night Train 2” four-man bobsled. Carbon fiber components are stronger and lighter which assist in increasing speed and performance.

The 2014 Winter Olympics began Feb. 7 in Russia and will feature 16 days of competition including the men and women’s bobsledding and skeleton events where deBotech carbon fiber technology will be integral. The four-man bobsled team is returning to the games to defend its gold from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

“As a child, I, like many other Americans, grew up dreaming of the Olympics,” said deBot. “Being a part of the success of Team USA may be one of the proudest moments in my life. Our carbon fiber parts and composites are critical to increasing speed and will hopefully play a big factor in fulfilling everyone’s dream of gold.”

With a dream of Olympic gold, deBot partnered with former NASCAR driver and bobsled builder Geoff Bodine to build the “Night Train 2” four-man bobsled.
The North Carolina State University graduate also formed a strategic alliance with BMW North America to design and develop the fleet of carbon fiber bobsleds for the two-man bobsled competition for both the men and women’s teams.

“Hans deBot, a longtime partner of USA Bobsled and Skeleton, provided custom pods and quality carbon fiber and composite parts for the construction of the sled,” said Tuffy Latour, Team USA skeleton head coach. “The U.S. programs are proud to have sleds made in the USA, and our technology partners have put us in contention for the medals in Sochi 2014.”

In addition, deBotech developed 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.

From the humble beginnings of deBot’s garage in 1997, deBotech Inc. has become the go-to solution for the development of carbon fiber parts for the U.S. bobsled team, NASCAR, military and aerospace customers.

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