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02 March 2020

Like every competitive athlete, Christopher Young stays acutely attuned to his equipment. Whether it is motorsport, cycling, skiing or any other event where equipment plays an important role in performance, athletes can feel instantly when their equipment is working properly…and when it is not.

In Young’s case, however, the margin for error is uniquely tight. As an adaptive skier, who reaches speeds of 70mph, Young relies on his mono-ski to keep him competitive and safe. He has significant and rare athletic gifts, but his racing career could come crashing down at any moment if his sled malfunctions. 

“My life, literally, depends on the equipment not breaking,’’ says Young. “There are some places on ski slopes where falling is not an option. If you fall, you could drop off a cliff, it is the end, goodbye.”

For the past seven years, Young has been using equipment made by DynAccess Ltd., a Pennsylvania business that designs and manufactures outdoor equipment for physically challenged individuals and athletes. Joachim Grenestedt works as the Chief Engineer and Product Designer for DynAccess, while his wife, Channy Tokura, runs the business side. 

Read the full article in the March issue of DPA.

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