Ottobock names new ambassador
MINNEAPOLIS – Keith Gabel, a member of the first-ever U.S. Para Snowboard team and a below-knee amputee, has been named Ottobock Ambassador, the company said Feb. 5. As ambassador, Gabel, who is ranked No. 1 in the world in his sport, will serve as a role model for young athletes with disabilities. “Hiking, wakeboarding, downhill and cross country mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, fishing, cliff diving, skateboarding and snowboarding are just a few of my favorite activities," Gabel said, in the release. "With that in mind, I am proud to partner with Ottobock for multiple reasons, but mainly because they build innovative and quality products that withstand the kind of beating an active amputee such as myself can, and will, put it through." Among Gabel’s accomplishments: He won gold at the X-Games in Para Snowboard Cross, he is a seven-time World Cup Medalist and he was the first amputee to hit a 65-foot plus jump in international competition. "Keith's myriad of activities and the feedback he can give us regarding the performance of the Ottobock products he uses will greatly contribute to how we reach and support people with limb loss around the world,” said Ottobock Spokeswoman Karen Lundquist.