Alex Zanardi Captures First of Two Paralympic Gold Medals
The 49-year-old former Formula 1 driver and CART champion Alex Zanardi took gold at the Paralympics for hand-cycling in RIO. This was the first of two medals that Alex is defending at this year’s games.
Zanardi lost both of his legs in a tragic crash in 2001 CART race in Lausitzring. On Thursday Zanardi will race the hand-cycling road race which he took gold in 2012.
“At the time, I was asked if I would ever step back in a race car, but what was very important for me was to go into the bathroom and pee on my own, but I could not do that. I had to be helped. That was my No. 1 priority,”
“Day by day, I managed to regain control and strength, regain some confidence and concentrate on different things and here I am now.”