Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi again came into limelight after he recently grabbed his third Paralympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.
Alex Zanardi, a two times champion in the U.S.-based Champ Car series, had lost his both legs above the knee in a horrific crash at the Lausitzring in Germany on September 15, 2001.
The Italian was leading the race when he lost control of his Reynard-Honda in the final laps and Canadian Alex Tagliani ran into him at more than 350kph.
After the accident, Zanardi switched the game and started competing in handcycling, a form of paralympic cycling.
On 5 September 2012, Zanardi won a gold medal in the men’s road time trial H4 at the 2012 Paralympic
In September 2011, Zanardi 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.