Alex Zanardi (ITA), 53, is one of the most inspiring athletes to have lived. In 2001, already being a two-time CART Champion and a Formula 1 driver, he had a tragic accident that cost his legs while leading the CART race in Germany.
His heart stopped seven times and survived with more than 50 minutes with less than a litter of blood, which is scientifically impossible.
Zanardi did not only come back to race but also went on to win four World Touring Car Championship races, from 2005 to 2009. Car racing was not enough. Zanardi took on handcycling and won two gold medals at each of the 2012 and 2016 Paralymìc Games.
He also took on triathlon and broke the Ironman world record for the disabled in 2018.On June 19, Alex suffered an accident while competing in a road handcycling race on Italian highways.
As of June 22nd, he is in a serious but stable condition, with reserved prognosis.
Alex, an inspiration for millions, has defied the odds (and science) before and the world of sport is rooting for him in one of the most crucial weeks in his life. #ForzaAlex