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    When American decathlete Jeremy Taiwo competes in Rio, he'll have Silicon Valley technology along for the ride. Scott Budman reports. (Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

    When American decathlete Jeremy Taiwo competes in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he’ll have Silicon Valley technology along for the ride — or the run, as the case may be.

    Taiwo had his spike plates designed by the Brooks shoe company — they’re on the bottom of your running shoes — and made by Fathom, a 3-D printing company based in Oakland.

    Designed on a computer, they’re made very specifically to fit Taiwo's feet, and his style.

    And they’ll help carry him onto the world stage.

    "You're no longer bound to traditional technologies,” Fathom co-founder Michelle Mihevc said of 3-D printing. “So you can create things you couldn't otherwise manufacture."

    Fathom has a partnership with Brooks to outfit Taiwo, and the result is a look into the future of what 3-D printing can be — just about anything. And a ource of cutting edge technology, and athletic pride.

    "We'll definitely be watching for him," Mihevc said.

    While he goes very, very fast.

    Scott tracks the Olympics on Twitter: @scottbudman

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