Heinrich Popow — Seize the challenge

My prosthesis makes me who I am, and enables me to achieve top performances. Thanks to Ottobock, I can run with the most modern technology in the world. Ottobock is a great promoter of Paralympic sport, and I am proud that we have been working together for many years. As a technological leader in the area of orthopaedics, Ottobock combines innovation and many years of experience, while my input is to convey what athletes want. Together, we are improving prostheses all the time.

I use the same prothesis from Otto Bock for both of my disciplines, sprint and long jump. Only the spring is different. As in jumping, different forces act upon the spring, it has to be stronger. But it’s the everyday prostheses that are really fascinating. Thanks to Otto Bock, I can run with the latest models and be fully active in everyday life.

Temporary relaxation in Training (Photo: Otto Bock Healthcare)

After having worked as an IT specialts for Bayer Leverkusen Fußball GmbH, I decided to start over again: At APT, I am doing a training as an orthopaedic technician. For me, this is the ideal way to bring in my personal experience and to learn a handcraft that changed my life. My new employer supports my sports career wholeheartedly and allows me to keep on working on my dream of Rio.

My trainer at TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen and my team, the Bayer 04 women’s athletics team, challenge me and motivate me to perform my best. What’s special here is that my training partners don’t have disabilities. Integrated training has a long-standing tradition in Leverkusen.

Relaxation after the competition (Photo: Axel Kohring/ Beautiful Sports Images)

Cision is one of the leading providers of software and services for PR and marketing professionals. As an international media company, Cision supports me in my PR activities in professional way. For me, this is very useful: By this partnership, my athletic successes, my opinions on sociopolitic topics and aspects of integration and sports gain even greater coverage.

I am running with one of the most famous sports brands at all: Adidas. The three stripes have accompanied my trainings and competitions ever since and I am happy about the support from Herzogenaurach, Bavaria.