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British Skeleton team

With a little help from Tesa tapes, the British Skeleton team are on the right path ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Tesa provides its Tesa 4651 tape for many parts of the sleds used by the British Skeleton team.

Athletes competing in the skeleton reach speeds of up to 140km per hour and experience G-forces up to 5G while lying face down on what appears to many to be little more than a high-tech tea tray. The premium acrylic coated cloth tape offers high adhesion and excellent tensile strength and is used on the handles of the special grade mild steel saddle, providing a reliable grip on various surfaces ranging from powder coated polymer, zinc or spray paint finishes.

The tape is also used to fasten different types of foam padding on the top of the saddle where the athlete lies. On the bellypan, typically made from carbon-fibre sheet or GRP and finished in gel-coat, lacquer or paint, it is used to optimise air flow and speed in general, by covering the holes where the runner fits. Tesa 4651 tape also plays an important part in assisting the slider’s grip during the critical seconds at the start where initial momentum is built before the competitor gets on to the skeleton.

Danny Holdcroft, GB Skeleton’s head of performance, said: “It’s been a solid season for the squad and we are in a good place ahead of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. Medals are won and lost in our sport by the tiniest of margins and we are grateful for the support Tesa has given in providing the tape. Tesa plays an important role in giving our athletes the best possible platform to perform and we look forward to seeing our partnership continue to flourish at what is a very exciting time for our team.”

Jeremy Smith, marketing manager for Tesa in the UK, says the company has been supporting the British team with product and advice for over a decade. “In this event, where medals are decided by fractions of a second, the assistance that our tape provides at the start and in the aerodynamics of the skeleton makes a real contribution to performance.”

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tesa: a global adhesive tape manufacturer

tesa is one of the leading global brands of adhesive tape with more than 100 years’ experience selling 800 types of tape in more than 100 countries.

tesa: a global adhesive tape manufacturer

tesa is one of the leading global brands of adhesive tape with more than 100 years’ experience selling 800 types of tape in more than 100 countries.

We believe in investing for our future with five per cent of our global turnover going on R&D, which has led to 50 per cent of our sales being from products developed in the last five years. In total we have 350 people employed in tesa’s laboratories around the world filing an average of 70 patents a year.

We strongly believe in offering our customers as much support as possible, and this philosophy, branded tesacohesion®, is now a major contributing factor to winning new business.

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We offer expert friendly advice, technical knowledge and expertise, a wide product offering, creative thinking and problem solving and a one-stop solution.

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  • People: every day our technical sales team operates in the marketplace. When we need more technical support or research backup to solve a problem, we call in the group resources of tesa SE in Hamburg
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