One hundred years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ground-breaking Terra Nova expedition, four unique individuals attempted to reach the most inhospitable place on earth. Two of them being the first adaptive athletes to ever do so.
THE PUSH uncovers the capacity of human spirit across a year-long journey to achieve the seemingly insurmountable ... ... yet the true story that unfolds is the inspiration for all of us to live up to our ultimate potential.
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Custom made especially for the January 2012 South Pole expedition, the KBG Artik Crosscountry Sit Ski will not only help make history, but also serve as a revolutionary design for future adaptive athletes, taking their winter sport competition to a whole new dimension.
Three-time paralympic gold-medalist Kevin Bramble is the engineer and manufacturer behind the sit ski. Operating out of New Jersey, Kevin’s business, called Kevin Bramble Goodz (KBG), designs and hand builds sit-skis, with seven out of the 10 current U.S. Disabled Ski Team athletes riding on his monoski model. Now, parathletes are sure to benefit from the technological advances offered by his new Artik design.
Featuring two independently articulating skis rather than the traditional monoski, the Artik enables athletes to push through their turns rather than dragging a hand in order to turn. This feature also allows them to traverse undulating terrain and side hills. Weighing in at only 8 lbs, and with the ability to collapse into a small duffle bag, the Artik is much lighter and more compact, making travel on and off the snow infinitely easier.
Made from carbon fiber and aluminum, Kevin sources many of the hardware and materials for his designs from the bicycle, aircraft and racecar industries. What’s not sourced is hand made by his on-site machinist.
KBG craftsmanship will be put to its toughest test when The Push’s adaptive athletes, John Davis and Grant Korgan, take the Artik on a two-week journey through the most harshest, most inhospitable place on Earth, the South Pole.
Carbon fiber, 7005 aluminum and 6061 aluminum make the KBG Artik a strong and light design. When collapsed, the Artik dimensions are 30"l x 3" w X 12" h. The skis are Volkl Inuk 177cm. The track of the skis are adjustable to meet European cross country and USA courses. The ride height is approximately 10 inches, but adjustable. The footrest is adjustable as well.