User Login    
 + Register
News : Olympic Skating Boots Made By Hand In Missouri
Posted by Randy on 2014/2/10 6:50:00 (555 reads) News by the same author

( - The boots worn by eight Olympic speed skaters who competed on Sochi were made by hand by a man in Rocky Mount.
Click to see original Image in a new window

Bootmaker Bruce Kohen makes skating boots and waterski boots in an arduous process that takes 80-100 hours per pair, straight out of a shop at his home.

Kohen said each pair of boots is tailored to an athlete's individual foot profile. "What I'll do first is I'll take a negative," Kohen said. "I will take plaster bandage, just like if your food had been broken, and I'll plaster bandage it all up and make it into two pieces and pull it off the foot in a clamshell."

After creating a profile of an skater's foot, Kohen then begins building each boot from the ground up, using state of the art aerospace materials.

Kohen said each pair is designed to last as long as possible.

"They don't break," Kohen said. "Absolutely not. Well, I mean one skater ran over them in his car. I had to repair those," Kohen laughed.

There aren't many people who can do what Kohen can do. His boots are sought after all over the world, from skaters in many different countries including Russia, Italy, and Canada.

"It's really time consuming hand work. It takes a lot of strength in your hands," Kohen said.

For Kohen, bootmaking started out as a hobby and has been his lifelong passion. Kohen skated competitively until 2006. After losing his job in the telecommunications industry, he turned to bootmaking full time.

"I wanted to design a boot from the ground up that wouldn't break," Kohen said. His goal, he said, was to solve many of the problems he noticed in existing skate designs. Kohen's boots eliminated the need for skaters to tape up their boots as well as incorporating non-rip, synthetic based materials.

"When I started skating, all of the skates were black," Kohen said. "After I changed the colors of my skate, all the other manufacturers caught on. Now, almost no skates are black."

Kohen said his boots have been worn by skating greats like Apollo Ono and Chris Creveling, as well as Russian skating teams.

This year marks the third time Kohen's boots have seen action in the Olympics.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article

Other articles
2015/11/28 19:39:28 - Police Suspect Father Beat 7-Year-Old Son, Fed His Body to Pigs
2015/11/27 6:40:00 - Minnesota Hunter Bags Unicorn Buck
2015/11/27 4:20:00 - Homeless Man Beaten Outside Gas Station In April Dies
2015/11/27 4:15:06 - What Happened When I Took My Spoiled Kid To A Homeless Shelter
2015/11/27 4:03:23 - Dentists Recount Strangest Things Found In Patients' Mouths
2015/11/27 4:00:00 - Planned Parenthood Considering All Legal Options To Continue Abortions At Columbia Clinic
2015/11/27 3:53:22 - November Firearms Deer Season Ends With Harvest Of 189,938
2015/11/25 14:20:00 - Police Seek Help Finding Grain Valley Fugitive
2015/11/25 12:30:05 - 11 Earthquakes Strike SE Missouri Overnight
2015/11/25 12:00:00 - Trenton Woman, Rescued In Monday Fire, Passes Away In Hospital
2015/11/25 11:14:43 - Mizzou Women Beat SIUE 75-46, Move to 5-0
2015/11/25 10:57:47 - Northwestern Holds Off Missouri 67-62 In CBE Classic
2015/11/25 10:50:00 - Lady Bulldogs Ride Richman's 22 Points To First Win Of Season
2015/11/25 10:36:32 - Gilman City Girls Open With Road Win Against Osborn
2015/11/25 10:26:54 - Chillicothe Routs Penney In Girls Season Opener
2015/11/25 10:20:00 - Princeton Splits Season Openers At North Harrison
2015/11/25 9:30:00 - Trenton Goes Overtime In Season-Opening Win Over East Buchanan
2015/11/25 8:56:26 - Mizzou Facing Image Crisis After Racial Issues, Upheaval
2015/11/25 8:26:05 - Two Charged With Murder After Man Found Dead Near Branson
2015/11/25 7:35:35 - North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees Meeting Report
2015/11/25 6:38:42 - Cameron Regional Medical Center Announces Awards Scholarships
2015/11/25 6:29:52 - 37th Annual Eagle Days at Squaw Creek Refuge To Be Held Dec. 5 & 6
2015/11/25 6:10:00 - Grundy County To Receive New Voting Equipment
2015/11/25 5:46:26 - Woman Identified In Monday Fire
2015/11/25 5:37:58 - Two Teens Injured, One Arrested In Accident Near Milan
2015/11/25 4:21:31 - Authorities Identify Victims, Alleged Shooter In Moberly Area Murder-Suicide
2015/11/25 4:18:02 - Grandfather Who Let 8-Year-Old Drive In Fatal Crash Had DUI, Drug History
2015/11/25 4:08:39 - A Rainy Thanksgiving And Potentially Slick Black Friday Morning For Missouri
2015/11/25 3:57:16 - Livingston County Sheriff Investigation Results In Conviction
2015/11/25 3:49:18 - I-29 Traffic Stop Nets 60 Pounds Of Marijuana

Bookmark this article at these sites


Listen to KTTN-FM