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, Zanardi took up competition in handbiking, a form of paralympic cycling. In 2011, Zanardi won his first senior international handbiking medal, the silver medal in the H4 (Handbike) category time trial at the UCI World Road Para-Cycling Championships. At London 2012, he represented Italy and won two gold medals. He won another gold medal at Rio Paralympics 2016.
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 the videos may be in Italian.
- Motor Racing
- Olympics 2012
- Alex Zanardi: My Story
- Alex Zanardi: My Sweetest Victory
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