December 08, 2011

Paralympian Regains Use of Legs, Changes Sports: Dutch Paralympian handcyclist Monique van der Voerst, who won two silver medals at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, was injured last year when struck by a bicycle while training for the 2012 games. She regained feeling in her legs, learned to walk again, was declared ineligible as a Paralympian and is now training as a cyclist for the 2016 Rio Olympics. "I find it medically difficult to explain," said Dr. Christof Smit, her rehabilitation coach.

posted by rcade to olympics at 12:54 PM - 3 comments

Amazing story. Wow.

posted by Joey Michaels at 02:34 PM on December 08, 2011

Thanks for sharing that. It reminds me a bit of the stories you hear (fables?) of people who have been hit by lightning and go blind, get hit again and get their sight back.

(Okay, maybe it was just one story like that.)

posted by evixir at 09:16 PM on December 08, 2011

Cool. I'm going to try and run over all the paraplegics I see from now on.

posted by owlhouse at 11:13 PM on December 08, 2011

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