Running Down a Dream: Kornit Follows Guatemala’s Fastest Man to the Olympics

Robert Zoch
December 17, 2021


Luis Grijalva set a Guatemalan national record this summer at the Tokyo Olympic Games, running a 13:10.09 in the 5K-meter finals and placing 12th.

Luis Grijalva racing at the Tokyo 2020 Games,
August 6, 2021

Unlike many fellow athletes, Luis didn’t know until quite late in the game he’d be able to participate in the games. His travel outside the United States required approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a process that often takes more than three months; Luis was cleared to travel three days after the Games commenced.

“In all honesty I didn’t think I was going to come here this year,” he told ESPN. “Everything’s been kind of last minute.”

His sponsor, Hoka One One—a subsidiary of Deckers Brands—needed a custom singlet befitting a world-class athlete, and they needed it immediately, so they turned to Kornit Digital. Kornit’s Avalanche Poly Pro is the only DTG system developed specifically for polyester and poly-blend apparel, for the most durable, high-quality impressions at the push of a button. Luis’s garments were imprinted on demand at Kornit Digital Americas in New Jersey before making their expedited journey to Tokyo, and Olympic glory.

Luis and his Kornit-imprinted singlet at the 2021 New York City Marathon, November 7, 2021

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