He was convinced, we were all convinced that every account was paid. Seven cardiac arrests, extreme unction imparted, legs amputated after that accident at Lausitzring of September 15, 2001 which still hurts. He had less than a liter of blood in his body. Enough to treasure it, to make it flow, to transform it into a gas of its own. Alessandro Zanardi: so always. A force of nature, a show of humanity. Wrought? But it goes there. Lively and ready, a few hours after coming out of a coma, from an operation that would have turned his life around, to study prostheses, to imagine how to do it, how to continue walking, running, enjoying every moment of life because living, as always repeats a marvel. Fatigue: always. With a formidable coach at his side. Daniela, his wife, both tough and reserved, a decisive, rational, ironic life partner. Able to show him the beauty and direction of each climb.
Alex Zanardi: Hamilton’s foot, dignity, noodles and the philosophy of life. His famous phrases
I think positive
Perhaps its energy comes precisely from suffering. From what fatigue, in fact, returns. He lost his sister Cristina, the victim of a road accident; in 1993, when he switched to Lotus after two years in F1 and crashed out of Eau Rouge, Spa, with frightening violence. He recovered quickly of course, willing to drive again and smile at himself with the capillaries of his jumped eyes. A look, a horror movie expression. He lost his place because even in racing, if you stumble, it is difficult for someone to wait for you. The fact that Zanardi can’t stop him doesn’t know how to do it. Reacts, pull straight. And went to America, found the way, the rhythm, the usual heart. An overtaking at the Laguna Seca corkscrew, from debutant in 1996 that a definitive poster, pairs with that of Valentino, the same place. A flash of sublime gambling. Like Gilles and Arnoux in Dijon, 1979; like Senna and Mansell in Spain, 1991.
Zanardi, Formula 1 and handbike champion
Two yarn titles of Indy formula (1997 is 1998) and a very bitter return to F1, in a 1999 knotted in the Williams house. It was a mistake to go back where it hadn’t worked; he was loaded again when he decided on that 2001 Cart championship encore that cost him a close encounter with death. He came out with an amazing desire to live. Strength of arms, mental strength. Handbike. The budget is dripping with Olympic and world medals. Above all, he offered thousands of injured boys and girls a beautiful example, an irresistible invitation not to give up. Alex speaks, and he can do it. Exhibition. Demonstrate. He works, stays hours in his workshop shed, does and undoes with prostheses, without prostheses, without putting it down for a single moment. And when he meets you, he stands up, as if it cost him zero, as does a person who knows the value of respect. For themselves and, therefore, for every human being. Yes, a precious person. For those who neglect the value of a discounted opportunity every day. For those who think they have lost every little, precious opportunity.
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