A local speed skater who missed out on the Olympics because of an injury, is hoping his invention will one day make it to the games instead.
Madison native Brent Aussprung created the “hybrid clap skate” after taking engineering classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has now obtained a patent for his design.
Aussprung practiced for most of his life to make it to the Olympic games in Vancouver in 2010. He was ready to go until an injury sidelined him from that team and any future hopes of competition.
After enrolling in engineering classes Brent saw a mechanism while in class and thought it would be the perfect way to modify the speed skating “clap” skate.
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