SOURCE: Ossur

August 03, 2006 09:47 ET

Amputee Athlete Competes in TV's "The Amazing Race"

Around the World on Ossur's Prostheses

ALISO VIEJO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 3, 2006 -- Ossur (ICEX: OSSR), a trusted and global developer of more scientifically advanced prosthetic innovations than any other company in the field, is delighted to congratulate Sarah Reinertsen on her selection as the first amputee to take part in CBS's Emmy-winning reality series, "The Amazing Race." Reinertsen, previously a marketing manager for Ossur North America, is also a member of Team Ossur, a group of elite amputee athletes sponsored by the company. She paired up for the show with good friend and former work colleague, Peter Harsch, CP, an Ossur clinical prosthetist whose many responsibilities include looking after Team Ossur members.

On the show, the two took on a series of stiff physical challenges in destinations throughout the world. You can find out how far they went when "The Amazing Race (season) 10" airs this fall, premiering Sunday, September 17 on CBS nationwide.

Challenge is not new to Reinertsen, 31, who lost her leg at age seven due to a birth defect. With a talent for both sprinting and distance running, she's medaled and broken records in the Paralympic Games, and in 2006 was the first female amputee to finish Hawaii's grueling Ironman triathlon. Harsch, 35, was a co-competitor, then too, also completing the punishing swim/bike/run event. The pair filmed "The Amazing Race" earlier in the year, getting Reinertsen back in the U.S. in time to pick up her 2006 ESPY award as Best Female Athlete with a Disability. She is also a spokesperson and advocate of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Amazing indeed!

Reinertsen, an above-the-knee amputee, competed in "The Amazing Race" on an Ossur TOTAL KNEE 2000 and a TALUX FOOT. The Total Knee 2000 by Ossur is lauded for being responsive and secure -- an ideal prosthetic knee for general walking and the workplace. The Talux Foot, also by Ossur, emulates many of the anatomical features of the human foot and has been specially designed to provide a fluid, natural walking motion on a variety of terrains... just the ticket for participating on "The Amazing Race," during which they covered a lot of different and foreign terrains!

Win or lose, one thing is certain: everyone at Ossur has more than one reason to be glued to their TV sets this fall. Best of luck Sarah and Peter!

OSSUR

Ossur (ICEX: OSSR) is as much about helping people to live a life without limitations as it is about its orthopaedic products. A trusted and global leader in the development, manufacturing, sales and marketing of bracing and support products and prosthetics, Ossur pioneers award-winning designs -- including its Bionic Technology family of products -- and partners with the health practitioners who use them to deliver successful clinical and business outcomes. Headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, the company has operations and a distribution network throughout the world. The company allocates an industry record of 6-8 percent of its revenue on research and development to conceive and harness the most advanced technologies for incorporation in its product designs, and provides extensive education programs through the Ossur Academy. Ossur is a 2006 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Website: www.ossur.com

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