Alessandro – Alex Zanardi is an Italian racing driver and paracyclist. The former Formula One driver won two CART championship titles in North America during the late 1990s.
More recently, he has attracted widespread praise for his return to competition in the aftermath of a crash in 2001 that resulted in the amputation of his legs. He returned to racing less than two years after the accident, competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship for BMW Team Italy-Spain between 2003 and 2009.
Switching sports, Alex took up competition in handcycling, a form of paralympic cycling, with the stated goal of representing Italy at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. In September 2011, he won his first senior international handcycling medal, the silver medal in the H4 category time trial at the UCI World Road Para-Cycling Championships. In September 2012 he won gold medals at the London Paralympics in the individual H4 time trial and the individual H4 road race, followed by a silver medal in the mixed H1-4 team relay, and in September 2016 he won a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Despite all his adversity, Alex reinvented himself to become a champion once more. He shares his achievements and proves how there is no reason why we can’t do the same, regardless of how impossible our goals may appear. He’s the ultimate example of someone who made the best of his situation and thrived.
NB: Please note that some of Alex Zanardi’s videos are in Italian.
"It's almost worth retiring just so I can speak to you..." Alex
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