Friday, November 25, 2011

Awesome story about getting your legs back!

Well this is an incredible story. It seems a Paralympic cyclist may represent her country in the Olympics after a bike crash miraculously gave her back the use of her legs.

 Monique van der Vorst was paralysed from the waist down and had been confined to a wheelchair for 13 years.
She won two silver medals at the Paralympics by powering a bike with her hands but last year she was knocked off her bike in a crash.

What could have led to a serious injury actually did the opposite. Van der Vorst started to feel her feet tingle and within months she was able to walk.
Her recovery was so rapid that she started competing on a regular bicycle - then progressed to a point that has seen her earn one of just 11 places in a top women’s professional cycling team.

Van der Vorst is hoping her form escalates to such a level that she will be able to compete at the 2016 Olympics.

So in one year she has gone from an expectation of competing in the 2012 Paralympics to signing with the Dutch Rabobank's women's cycling team and dreaming about potentially competing in the 2016 Olympics. This is the best story I have ever heard of an athlete recovering his or her stride!

After an accident in 2010 my body started to change and after a long/ hard rehab period I am back on my own feet again! For me a new competition has started now, I don’t know were or when it is gone finish but I will succeed and I will run!
Monique van der Vorst

Here is a quick interview where she explains how it felt after the accident.

1 comment:

Laura said...

That is amazing! Thanks for sharing the story.