Hamilton: Bobsled fever can hit hard
February 23, 2014 He graduated from N.C. State in 1993 with a degree in mechanical engineering. His exploits in the field of carbon-fiber technology earned him a spot earlier this year in the school’s inaugural Mechanical and Aerospace engineering Hall of Fame. “It’s all about the Red, White and Blue,” deBot, 47, said. “That trumps everything else.” That isn’t lip service.
Meet the North Carolina company behind the lightning-fast U.S. bobsleds
February 22, 2014 Located in the heart of NASCAR country, composite-material specialist DeBotech builds stuff for everyone from the Department of Defense to Lamborghini. Now it's helping the Americans win medals.
Mooresville business revels in success of Olympic bobsleds
February 20, 2014 “Bobsledding is not a big money game,” he said. “But you can’t replace the aura around it, the feel good around it, people’s impressions of the Olympics. For one month of the year, we’re not talking about war. You see these athletes getting along, high-fiving, Russians, the U.S., China, Korea, Japan. Those are the true benefits to doing the work.”
Sochi Speedsters Pilot Bobsled with a North Carolina Connection
February 18, 2014 U.S. Olympians Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton won a bronze medal Feb. 17 in a bobsled with North Carolina ties.
Olympic bobsledders credit Mooresville businessman’s work...
February 15, 2014 Hans deBot, president and CEO of deBotech Inc., which was hired by BMW to develop the composite bodies for Team USA’s new bobsleds and skeletons. For the first time in decades, the men’s team is favored to win the gold, and they're attributing a lot of the new speed and agility to the new sleds.
Skeleton's John Daly hoping to continue Jimmy Shea's Olympic legacy...
February 8, 2014 “Everyone has a track that they click with and Sochi just fits with me,” Daly said. “On this track there is no hard steering and you let the sled sort of just ride." By R.J. Rico, NBCOlympics.com
ON THE FAST TRACK
February 2, 2014 Hans deBot featured in Composites Manufacturing Online Magazine. January 2014...... Athletes in sledding events at the Winter Olympics hope new carbon fiber sleds will catapult them to the medal podium. By Susan Keen Flynn
Engineering the Ideal Olympian: A Chat with Katie Uhlaender
January 14, 2014 Featured in Popular Science, Katie hopes to add an Olympic medal at Sochi, where as part of the U.S. skeleton team, she’ll be competing with a new carbon-fiber sled.....Hans [deBot] at deBotech, are used to working with athletes and understand how to talk to us. It’s amazing to be able to say to an engineer, “I want my arm to be like this,” or, “I want to turn a corner and have the sled do that,” and with deBotech, it was like they were magicians. I don’t even think I spoke in complete sentences, but the guys were able to set up the sled so that it felt exactly the way I wanted it to.