Mooresville, N.C. – Mar. 9, 2022 – JRi Shocks were featured on a revolutionary new sit-ski during last weekend’s Alpine skiing events at the Paralympics in Beijing.
The new sit-ski was designed by Toyota’s U.S. racing arm – Toyota Racing Development USA (TRD USA) – as part of its ongoing commitment to the Paralympic Movement. Toyota’s first-ever sit ski, a monoski available for use by the U.S. Paralympics Alpine skiing team, features custom shocks designed and engineered by JRi Shocks. The damping and spring rates of the shocks can be adjusted based on the skiing terrain.
JRi Shocks is well known for its shock absorber technology, which has a history of championship performance in various forms of motorsports since the company was founded in 2007 by Jeff Ryan. Ryan also has a history of using his suspension engineering expertise to improve human mobility. He modified his own knee braces, by adding hydraulics and sensors for increased stability, after almost losing his leg in a motorcycle accident. Additionally, he has worked with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop knee devices for special forces, to mitigate the strain on their legs while on gun boats.
“While my core experience with suspension is in the motorsports world, I also have a passion for improving mobility, said Ryan. “I’ve worked with TRD USA on various projects and was honored when they asked for my support with designing the shocks for the first-ever Toyota Sit-Ski. They were aware of my biomechanical involvement and knew this was a project I’d be passionate about.”
Two-time Paralympic medalist Andrew Kurka and seven-time Paralympic medalist Laurie Stephens were the two Team USA alpine skiers who competed in the Toyota Sit-Ski at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on March 4, 2022. Kurka placed fourth and Stephens placed fifth.
JRi Shocks is a brand of Arnott® LLC, a global leader in the development and production of air suspension products for passenger vehicles.
For more information on JRi Shocks, visit https://www.jrishocks.com/.
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