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Team Cleveland will be participating in the next Cybathlon. Details coming soon!

Congratulations Team Cleveland!!!







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

Team Cleveland competes 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 was held at the Swiss Arena, Kloten, Zurich, Switzerland on October 8, 2016. The next Cybathlon will be held in the same location, May 2-3, 2020.

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 Cleveland 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 25 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
Kevin Foglyano, BSE – Biomedical Engineer
Vi Huynh, MHA – Director of Operations
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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How Bionic Limbs Are Changing Lives
24 Feb 2020

The O&P Edge
Neuroprosthetics and the Making of a Cyborg Olympic Champion
June 2018

Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Setting the pace: insights and advancements gained while preparing for an FES bike race
17 Nov 2017

Local Researchers Represent 'Team Cleveland'
20 Jan 2017

VICE Motherboard
Watch the Highlights of the Most Futuristic Version of the Olympics
21 Dec 2016

FreshWater Cleveland
Cleveland contingent wins gold, spreads awareness at inaugural Cybathalon
13 Dec 2016

Morgan Hill Times
Morgan Hill man wins gold medal in global games
10 Nov 2016

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

IEEE Spectrum
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

ETH Zurich
All systems go for the Cybathlon
07 Oct 2016

NTI Central - YouTube
An Interview with Team Cleveland - Cybathlon Competitors
07 Oct 2016

Ideastream: Sound of Ideas
Team Cleveland Prepares for 'Cyborg Games'
29 Sep 2016

ABC Channel 10 News
Paralyzed man regains use of legs through 'cyborg' tech
28 Sep 2016

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

NIH Record
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
A bike accident left him paralyzed; electricity let him ride again
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

Placer Herald
Local paraplegic to compete in Switzerland event
18 Sep 2016

NIH NIBIB Newsroom: Science Highlights
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

think: the online news source for case western reserve university
Paralyzed riders use new technology to race bikes
25 Jul 2016

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

Science News for Students
New devices coming to assist the disabled
23 Feb 2016

Science Update
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

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


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