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Toyota's new sit ski for the Winter Paralympic Games.

Toyota's Sit-Ski Set Makes Major Debut at Winter Paralympic Games

Posted at Fri, Mar 11, 2022 9:00 AM

Toyota’s enduring dedication to contributing to the Paralympic Movement has yielded yet another exciting development: The Toyota Sit-Ski. This monoski is currently available for members of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing team for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, and there is a lot of anticipation surrounding both the event and the Sit-Ski. There is no better global stage than the latest Paralympic Games for Toyota to reveal the innovation and passion behind their movement to make society more inclusive, and the Sit-Ski is the perfect representation of their beliefs.

Revolutionizing Mobility

Toyota’s belief that everyone has the right to freedom of movement is what led to them pairing with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) USA for the unique Sit-Ski project. TRD USA has garnered expensive experience and knowledge from their work on the racetrack, and they put forth a diverse and highly skilled group of technicians and engineers to design the Sit-Ski, starting from scratch. The project’s development has been underway for a while now, with the first tests being conducted in the winter of 2019. This project was fortunate to have Chris Devlin-Young, five-time Paralympian, lend his input and expertise to TRD USA as well as U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing in the testing of the Sit-Ski in order to give valuable feedback. Points of focus during testing were the Sit-Ski’s seating position and fit, the suspension system, and all mechanical changes in relation to the disciplines found in para alpine skiing.

Testing for Toyota’s Sit-Ski has also taken place right around the world, including these famous alpine skiing locations: Panorama, Canada, Lillehammer, Norway, Åre, Sweden, and Mount Hood, Oregon.

2022’s Paralympic Alpine Skiing Athletes

The two athletes who will be competing in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter games using the Toyota Sit-Ski are two-time Paralympic medalist Andrew Kurka and seven-time Paralympic medalist Laurie Stephens. These two Team USA alpine skiers are both looking to improve upon their success from PyeongChang in 2018 – in particular, Kurka wants to defend his gold medal in downhill and obtain a gold in Super-G, while Stephens would like to best her downhill bronze medal and see the podium in Super-G and super combined.

“There’s a lot of pressure on me especially going into Beijing to not only win but to represent my country and to set myself up for the future. I’m a very particular sit-skier because my life is on the line when I’m out there and I want to make sure that not only am I safe, but I’m fast. Win, lose or draw, the Toyota Sit-Ski is an awesome monoski.” - Andrew Kurka, Paralympic alpine skier and Team Toyota athlete.

Toyota’s Paralympic Vision

Toyota has been an involved supporter of the Paralympics and other adaptive sports for years and in 2015, they became the official worldwide mobility partner of both the Olympic and Paralympic Committees for the duration of 2017 to 2024. What’s more, Toyota is a partner not only of Team USA but also several other Paralympic National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Paralympic national teams, such as:

  • U.S. Paralympics Cycling
  • National Wheelchair Basketball Association
  • USA Hockey
  • USA Wheelchair National Curling Team
  • U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing
  • Adaptive Action Sports
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation

Last year, Toyota introduced a program that would offer $5 million for sponsorship and support opportunities to all U.S. Paralympic athletes who were eligible in order to give even more support to those athletes in chasing down their dreams. As of today, more than 430 U.S. Paralympic athletes have received support from the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund. Toyota is also providing sponsorship opportunities to the athletes competing in both the Tokyo and Beijing Paralympic Games.

Mobility For All

Toyota’s inspiration and dedication to paralympic sports is inspiring itself, and we here at Westbury Toyota are eagerly awaiting what new innovations they come up with. Their goal to revolutionize mobility on a global scale and inspire the next generations of paralympic athletes can only lead to more developments as exciting as the Toyota Sit-Ski.

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