May 4, 2016 / 5:52 PM / 2 years ago

German cyclist looks to race with 3D-printed prosthesis in Rio

OLCHING, Germany (Reuters) - German paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler hopes to race with a 3D-printed leg prosthesis in Rio de Janeiro in September.

German paralympic cycling athlete Denise Schindler poses with her different artifical legs in Olching near Munich, Germany, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

The rider, who lost the lower part of her leg in an accident when she was two, is promoting the new method of making a sports prosthesis, which advocates say is quicker and cheaper to produce, without the lengthy process of plaster-casting.

Schindler - who is collaborating with U.S. company Autodesk that designs the software behind the 3D printing - demonstrated the project to U.S. president Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an industry fair in Germany a week ago.

“We are currently testing the 3D-printed prosthesis and whether its quality reaches that of the traditional handmade prosthesis,” she told Reuters.

“It feels different,” she added, while putting one on.

Schindler, who won a silver medal at the 2012 Games in London, is due to compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio which run from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18.

Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Alexander Smith

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