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Members of the United States Olympic Bobsled teams are in Mooresville for the weekend. The main purpose for their trip is to meet and visit with Hans deBot, who owns and operates deBotech, Inc. The company developed a carbon fiber technology used in the bobsleds that raced in Sochi earlier this year.

“It was kind of an endeavor,” said deBot. “They said, “Look, we want you to do this. This is all we know.” There’s not a lot of data behind the things that they do know.”

2014 Silver medalist Elana Meyers Taylor said, “He’s been huge in just creating materials that really work, that really are fast. That’s what he lended to bobsled that helped us so much. We wouldn’t be where we are, I wouldn’t have these medals, without Hans. It’s amazing what he’s been able to do for our sport.”

While he is being recognized for success with bobsleds, Hans deBot owes the start of his business to auto racing.

“A lot of my friends that I had known asked me to help the NASCAR market, and that’s really how I got my business started,” he said.

Meyers Taylor added, “In our sport we’re talking about hundredths of a second. So, our NASCAR guys have that kind of mind set, have that technology fighting for hundredths, and it’s a really great seamless conversion to bobsled.”

While the Olympic athletes are in town, they will meet and debrief with deBot. He plans to use the information gathered to improve the sleds.

“To really evaluate with the drivers, the coaches, and say, “Look, these are the things we need to improve on. Here’s where we had troubles in the field,” said deBot. “So any nuances that we can improve upon to help in the field, help in the setups of the sled, is only going to produce faster and faster sleds.”

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