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Cybathlon 2016

Congratulations Team Cleveland!!!







Team Cleveland won gold in the first ever Cybathlon that was held in Zurich, Switzerland on October 8, 2016!

Team Cleveland will compete in the Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike Race. In this competition, pilots with complete Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) are equipped with implanted neural stimulation systems that enable them to pedal a cycling device for 750m on a circular race track.

About the Cybathlon


The Cybathlon is an international championship for pilots (individuals with disabilities) who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The competitions are comprised of different disciplines that apply the most modern powered knee prostheses, wearable arm prostheses, powered exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs, electrically stimulated muscles and novel brain-computer interfaces. The main goal of the Cybathlon is to provide a platform for the development of novel assistive technologies that are useful for daily life. The first ever Cybathlon will be held at the Swiss Arena, Kloten, Zurich, Switzerland on October 8, 2016.

Team Cleveland

Team Cleveland (OH) is comprised of pilots (individuals with spinal cord injuries), researchers and staff at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (APT Center and FES Center), Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and MetroHealth Medical Center. Team Cleveland is led by Ron Triolo, PhD, Executive Director of the Advanced Platform Technology Center who has over 23 years of experience in the design, development and clinical testing of motor system neuroprostheses, as well as in the design and evaluation of myoelectrically controlled above-knee limb prostheses.


Ron Triolo, PhD – Team Leader
Musa Audu, PhD – Investigator and Musculoskeletal Computer Modeling Expert
Andy Cornwell, PhD – Investigator and Functional Electrical Stimulation Specialist
Paul Marasco, PhD – Investigator and Bike Mechanic Extraordinaire
John McDaniel, PhD – Investigator and Exercise Physiologist
Stephanie Bailey, BSE – Project Manager
Erica Cikanek, MBA – Director of External Affairs
Kevin Foglyano, BSE – Biomedical Engineer
Vi Huynh, MHA – Director of Operations
Joonhyuk Lee – Undergraduate student
Lisa Lombardo, MPT – Physical Therapist
Megan Moynahan, MS – Director of Development
Mark Nandor, MS – Mechanical Engineer
Beth Orzell, CPO – Prosthetist
John Schnellenberger, MS – Electrical Engineer




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20 Oct 2016

The first Cybathlon pushed the limits of bionic technology - VIDEO
20 Oct 2016

The Cyborg Olympics: In Bike Race, Electrodes Jolt Paralyzed Legs Into Action
14 Oct 2016

World’s First Cybathlon Points to a Bright Future for Powered Prosthetic Technologies

13 Oct 2016

Cybathlon: Battle of the bionic athletes

10 Oct 2016

All systems go for the Cybathlon
07 Oct 2016

An Interview with Team Cleveland - Cybathlon Competitors
07 Oct 2016

Team Cleveland Prepares for 'Cyborg Games'
29 Sep 2016

Paralyzed man regains use of legs through 'cyborg' tech
28 Sep 2016

‘Cyborg’ nerve implants help paralyzed patients pedal
26 Sep 2016

Olympic-Style Competition To Showcase Use of Advanced Assistive Devices
23 Sept 2016

A bike accident left him paralyzed; electricity let him ride again - Instagram summary video
21 Sep 2016

A bike accident left him paralyzed; electricity let him ride again
20 Sep 2016

A bike accident left him paralyzed; electricity let him ride again - VIDEO
20 Sep 2016

How Cleveland connects to the world's first 'Cyborg Olympics'
20 Sep 2016

Local paraplegic to compete in Switzerland event
18 Sep 2016

Olympics-style Cybathlon competition to showcase use of advanced assistive devices
22 Aug 2016

Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics: The Cybathlon aims to help disabled people navigate the most difficult course of all: the everyday world.
03 Aug 2016

Paralyzed riders use new technology to race bikes
25 Jul 2016

Cybathlon, a Global Bionics Competition, Debuts This October
26 Feb 2016

Cybathlon: Implantable pulse generators help turn paralyzed patients into bionic athletes
17 Feb 2016

Cybathlon—A global Olympic-style competition to advance assistive and robotic technologies
15 Feb 2016

Get Ready for the World’s First Cyborg Olympics
18 Dec 2015

New devices coming to assist the disabled

Contact Us

Team Cleveland is looking to collaborate with individuals and organizations that are interested in supporting innovative biomedical research, educating the general public about individuals with spinal cord injuries and/or showcasing Cleveland as a region for medical research and collaboration.

For more information please contact