Alex Zanardi was one of the fastest men on four wheels — winning two CART championships — that is, until a devastating accident in 2001 cost him his legs. But losing his legs hasn't meant he's lost his competitive drive. A decade later and Zanardi's now one of the fastest men on three wheels, winning the handcycle class of this weekend's New York City Marathon. Now that's a winner.
The two-time CART champion's inspiration for competing in the New York City Marathon goes back to 2007 when a manager at Barilla told Zanardi he'd be crazy to try do it. Obviously Zanardi, who's the kind of guy that despite losing his legs still races in a car — only now with hand controls, simply had to enter.