Mono ski used by the Adaptive Sports Association to teach skiing to disabled athletes

Mono ski used by the Adaptive Sports Association to teach skiing to disabled athletes

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Description (Brief)
Red fiberglass mono ski consisting of a sled body with two black plastic handles on each side near the back of the sled and two red nylon handles on each side, near the front of the sled. The sled body is mounted on one fiberglass ski with a metal shock absorber in a semi circular shape. This is an original Mono-Ski, manufactured in 1984 by the patent company, GFL Technik of Germany. Invented by Hans Olpp and Henie Braun, both of Germany, it was one of the first models to be created and used by people with spinal cord injuries and significant mobility issues to participate in downhill skiing for therapy and recreation. The final patent was approved on December 30, 1986, patent number 4,632,408. This particualr mono ski was used by the Adaptive Sports Association in Durango, Colorado to teach skiing to disabled athletes in the 1980s to the present.
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Object Name
mono ski
mono ski, adaptive sports, skiing
Physical Description
fiberglass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
overall: 64 cm x 175 cm x 41 cm; 25 3/16 in x 68 29/32 in x 16 5/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Adaptive Sports
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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