History Topics Running Blades and their evolution Invention and Introduction of blades The Cheetah, running blade was first launched in 1996 for competing athletes and has been chosen by athletes around the world. Worn at many Paralympic Games, the name comes from the inspiration for the shape of a cheetah's rear leg. How are they made? The Cheetah is made from 100% carbon fibre. The layers of the carbon fibre are structured in a specific way to suit the category of style we are making. The manufacturing is computer controlled to ensure that each foot we make is exactly as required. Who uses them? For people who just want to run to top class Paralympic athletes. How have they affected the Paralympics? The Cheetah plays a small part, it's design helps minimise the disadvantage that these athletes have. The training and effort that the athletes put in plays a huge part and is the main reason for improvement in times.