The Titan Robotics team could not be more proud of our friend and colleague, Allison Jones, who has been selected as the Flag Bearer for Team U.S.A. at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games! This will be Allison’s eighth Paralympics and we could not think of a more deserving person for such an honor. The Opening Ceremony will air Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm E.T. on NBCSN.
Allison is a dual-sport athlete, competing in both alpine skiing and cycling over her long and successful career as a professional athlete. She has earned a total of eight Paralympic medals and is one of the very few athletes who have won gold in both summer and winter Paralympic Games. Allison will be competing in cycling track pursuit and track time trials in the velodrome and on the road she will compete in time trial and a road race.
When Allison had time between training and competing, she attended the University of Denver where she earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. Allison says she developed a love of engineering from her father, Jay Jones, who was an athlete for many years and built and raced Formula One airplanes for almost the past two decades.
Jay was a big part of Allison’s training and designing her own equipment. Born without a femur, her right leg ends just above the knee and she uses a special “strut” installed on her bike that allows her to clip-in and gain more power and speed when riding. This strut was designed and crafted out of carbon fiber with the help of Jay and 3D printing prototypes at Titan Robotics. He planned to be in Rio this month to cheer Allison on in her final Paralympic Games.
But this past July, Jay unexpectedly passed away after he experienced mechanical trouble while flying home to Buena Vista. Being that it was Fourth of July and Jay knew many people would be out celebrating in nearby neighborhoods, Jay turned the plane around and crashed into an empty field. Locals in Buena Vista hail Jay as a hero for redirecting the plane away from any homes below in Buena Vista.
The loss of her father was devastating, as she continued to prepare for Rio while grieving her loss.
“I know he’s going to be there with me,” Allison said in an interview with the Colorado Springs Independent.
Allison says her father will always be with her, whether it’s while on the bike or in the office designing and creating 3D printers and 3D printed prosthetics and equipment at Titan Robotics.
“He was instrumental in teaching me to design things,” she went on to say in the interview. “I could always ride a bike, but he helped me ride a bike faster. Hopefully I learned enough, hopefully I can use all that he taught e so that I can build my own [equipment].”
Allison is not only an incredible athlete, but a highly skilled engineer, and joined the team at Titan Robotics early on while the company was still being developed in a garage. Not only does she have a passion for 3D printing, but she wants to use this technology to design and fabricate prosthetics, orthotics and other custom stability devices for athletes like herself. Most recently, she designed and 3D printed a device for Team U.S.A. Paracycling teammate Billy Lister.
Please join us in cheering Allison on as she represents Team U.S.A. at the Paralympic Games in Rio as the Flag Bearer and as one of the top competitors! Below are details on how you can watch her events.
Television Coverage: NBC Details:
* There is a chance you will see Allison race on the Velodrome on Thursday on NBCSN in the segment from 2:30-6pm. All of the other NBC coverage does not specifically mention Allison’s events, though there is a possibility for highlights during the coverage.
Internet Coverage: http://www.teamusa.org/ – LIVE
The USOC will show every event LIVE. Allison races on the following days, and at these times (Times are listed in Rio time zone, which is 1 hour ahead of EST):
* Thursday, September 8th: 10:00 Women’s Individual C1-3 Pursuit Qualifying – Velodrome
* Thursday, September 8th: 16:30 Women’s Individual C1-3 Pursuit Final – Velodrome
* Saturday, September 10th: 10:00 Women’s Individual C1-3 500 m Time Trial Finals – Velodrome
* Wednesday, September 14th: TBD Women’s Individual C1-3 Time Trial – Road
* Friday, September 16th: TBD Women’s C1-3 Road Race – Road
International Coverage: https://www.paralympic.org/watch-rio-2016
* This is a link detailing the coverage around the world.