Olympic Athletes Visit Carbon Fiber Manufacturer in Mooresville, North Carolina
Jun 12, 2014

Olympic Athletes Visit Carbon Fiber Manufacturer in Mooresville, North Carolina


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 12, 2014) – Hans deBot, engineer and president of deBotech Inc., welcomed the 2014 USA Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton teams to the Town of Mooresville last week.

The athletes spent three days in Mooresville participating in local activities and celebrating the six medals the team earned. This medal count tied 2002 for the team’s best results in an Olympic Game.

A native of North Carolina, deBot worked closely with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) and its athletes to help develop a carbon fiber technology utilized in the fleet of two-man bobsleds, the “Night Train 2” four-man bobsled and the ProtoStar V5 skeletons at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Carbon fiber components are stronger and lighter and are an integral component in increasing speed and performance.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to host the 2014 USA Bobsled and Skeleton team at deBotech’s headquarters,” said deBot. “I feel the carbon fiber components included in this year’s equipment aided these amazing athletes in reaching the medal stand six times.”

The group of 18 athletes and coaches tested their speed on a different kind of track at the GoPro Motorplex, toured Hendrick Motorsports, attended a luncheon with deBotech, enjoyed a Charlotte Knights baseball game and took in the views of Lake Norman on a dinner cruise.

“The Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCVB) was truly elated to host the USA Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton team. It was exciting to show off our great town, and create exceptional and memorable Mooresville experiences,” said Courtney Wolfrom, marketing and communications manager for the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We have a true gem in Hans and we are grateful for his amazing talents, without which we would not be able to take advantage of such a remarkable opportunity.”

Coaches accepted a key to the Town of Mooresville on behalf of the team, presented by Mayor Miles Atkins.

“We are truly proud of Hans, his team and all of the support provided to the USA Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton team. It continues to amaze me how this community finds new industries to serve with our advanced manufacturing skillset and workforce,” said Robert Carney, executive director of the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation. “We hope the USA Bobsled and Skeleton team continues to look to DeBotech and Mooresville as its partner for future success.”

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.

For more information about deBotech or additional photos of the athletes’ visit, please visit http://www.debotech.com/.

Media Contact:
Kristen Bright
ASPIRE Communications
(704) 516-6913
kristen@aspirecommunications.org

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PHOTO CUTLINE: Hans deBot (second row, third from right), president of deBotech Inc., welcomed members of the 2014 USA Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton team to his facility and the Town of Mooresville June 5-7,2014. deBotech created carbon fiber technology utilized in the fleet of bobsleds and skeletons. The team took home six medals from the Olympic games held in Sochi, Russia in February 2014.
 

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