U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced a partnership with R-Zero, the first biosafety technology company dedicated to reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
Ahead of a critical Olympic season, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has incorporated R-Zero’s IoT-enabled, whole-room UV disinfection system, Arc, into its daily health and safety protocols at its Park City, Utah training facility, the USANA Center of Excellence. Arc’s hospital-grade, sustainable UV disinfection allows U.S. Ski & Snowboard to safely eliminate pathogenic risk on surfaces and air without the use of harmful chemicals. The addition of R-Zero’s biosafety technology is part of the organization’s innovative approach to ensuring U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team athletes are able to continue performing at their highest while training for and competing in Beijing in 2022.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been taking a multifaceted approach to ensure our athletes are protected from health risks across the board, and R-Zero’s partnership is a big added step in the right direction. Health and performance are a priority—not just for our athletes but for our staff. R-Zero’s Arc adds a safe, highly effective, and sustainable way we can ensure we’re reducing risks in all spaces and for all parts of the organization.”
– Gillian Bower, Director of High Performance at U.S. Ski & Snowboard and a 15-year veteran of the organization
Currently, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is using four Arc units in the USANA Center of Excellence to disinfect spaces such as the weight room, physical therapy facilities, performance lab, and their aerial practice area, which includes ramps trampolines, and foam landing pits. To optimize athlete health and performance, the team runs R-Zero’s UV-C systems daily in these high-traffic training locations. Later this month, the team will also ship two Arc units to Beijing for use in the upcoming Games.
“COVID-19 illuminated the need for increased health and performance conditions for professional athletes across the world. As the Delta variant continues to surge globally, ensuring the health security of team staff and athletes will continue to remain critical. We are proud to support the entire U.S. Ski & Snowboard organization in creating safer indoor athletic training environments, both here in Utah and internationally.”
– Grant Morgan, co-founder and CEO of R-Zero