Tomas Elias Gonzalez Benitez

Alex Zanardi, the champion, the man and that invitation not to give up from the Paralympic athletes. Because “the sun will rise and there will be time to do other things.”

A song for Alex Zanardi

The last and exciting invitation to not give up came a few days ago with the notes from Queen’s Don’t stop me now.

To dedicate it to him, the Paralympic athletes who chose to sing, all together, to show closeness to the champion hospitalized in intensive care at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, after being injured in a serious car accident on June 20.

Bebe Vio, singer Annalisa Minetti, Martina Caironi, Daniele Cassioli, swimmer Simone Barlaam, Giulia Ghiretti, Mario Bertolaso, Nicole Orlando, dozens of athletes and friends have come together to perform one of Alex’s most beloved pieces of music.

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The relay race, never finished, of the Tricolor Objective

“I often say that life must be loved by filling it with attempts and that even when it imposes unexpected difficulties on you, keep smiling at it is the only way to make things happen”

One of the last publications published on Facebook, just when he was immersed in the Obiettivo Tricolore, the great relay that, which started on Friday, June 12, should have ended on June 28, with the participation of more than 50 Paralympic athletes, among they the same Zanardi.

The objective?

Pass the baton from hand to hand throughout Italy to launch a message of rebirth, a journey with a strong symbolic value, a traveling party that should have encompassed dozens of places, events and demonstrations.
Alex Zanardi should have been back behind the wheel of a racing BMW for the final of the Italian GT © Bmw Endurance Championship.

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Alex Zanardi, the 2001 accident, rebirth and social commitment

Alessandro Zanardi, for everyone Alex, born in 1966, from Bologna, he is the one who sees death on his face more than once.

After a successful career in the racing world, his life was changed by a racing accident on September 15, 2001, when he was the victim of a terrible rear-end collision in which he lost both legs.

And to which Alex reacts like this:

“When I woke up without legs I looked at the half that was left, not the half that was missing.”

Since then, after a difficult rehabilitation, Alex begins a second life and his strong social commitment to give more opportunities to people with disabilities, fighting for unlimited mobility accessible to all, a commitment that was crowned in 2018 with the launch of the Objective 3 project .

Zanardi begins to participate in numerous events for disabled athletes, embarks on a new sports career in para-cycling, runs a handbike.

Win, of course.

And becoming an example to many people He wins 8 world titles, two gold medals and one silver medal in the mixed team relay at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

At the 2015 Nottwill World Championship in Switzerland, he climbs to the top step of the podium in every race in which he participates. He won the Rome Marathon in the handbike category for the fifth time in 2016.

Ultimately, a second life opens for the champion who dedicated his life to Formula One, who has achieved great results in many other car competitions. But there is still one dream to come true: to get back behind the wheel of a racing car.

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In June, the announcement of the return to racing with BMW

June, Munich.

A press release from BMW announces:

Official BMW driver Alessandro Zanardi returns behind the wheel of a race car for this season’s finale of the Italian GT Series Endurance Championship at Monza, November 6-8.

Says the driver:

“I really want to get back behind the wheel”

Alex Zanardi was involved in a car accident on June 20 while participating in Obiettivo Tricolore © Bmw.

Zanardi, this is what makes us human: the April interview

At the heart of the health emergency, just before the recent accident, Alex gives an interview to Bmw, a brand to which he has been linked as an ambassador for some time, which says a lot about him, and that is why we have decided to propose him again in part here.

A long interview collected in the midst of the Covid-19 emergency – to which much of it refers – but that goes much further and that well outlines Alex Zanardi’s positive attitude, the desire to never give up, even in the most difficult moments. , like what is happening now, perhaps the most difficult thing in his life.

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Alessandro, can you describe your daily life right now?

Personally, as someone who still has sporting goals ahead of her, I can focus much more on my training.

Surely I would never have wanted something like this to happen, but in everything there are always different aspects and not everything is always negative as not everything is always positive.

But the good thing for me is that the phone doesn’t ring much, that no one asks me to go anywhere, so I have a lot more time to prioritize my priorities in the order I want.

I wake up in the morning and say: okay, this is the time of day that I am going to train.

So I plan my day around my sports programs and obviously I am working a lot on the computer, staying professionally connected by sending emails, preparing materials.

Until recently, all the preparations also involved the most important goal of the year, which was to be Tokyo.

Obviously now I have to reconsider everything, but as I am it will not be difficult to find a new goal to pursue. I can focus on different projects and I have many.

But is one of your goals and projects now Tokyo 2021?

Well, from a sporting point of view at my age every year is like a year for dogs, it is worth seven.

If it has been almost a miracle to aspire to go to Tokyo around my 54th birthday, it will be even more difficult to do so a year from now when I get closer to 55.

But surely I can tell you that in terms of my intentions. go, I could be there.

Time could turn intentions into actions, we’ll see.

Zanardi said:

“I was very confident that I would find something positive in what happened”

December 22, 2021

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