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And Another Thing


The best story you'll read today

We interrupt the regularly scheduled Blob cynicism for a moment of pure snide-proof joy.

Alex Zanardi has won gold at the Paralympics.

If the name only faintly jingles a few bells for you, maybe this will refresh your memory. It's the moment Zanardi went from being a world-class race driver to being a man who would go through the rest of his life without legs.

It's to his credit that this was only the beginning of his story.

Fast forward to the present, in which Zanardi is 45 years old and the very epitome of irrepressible refusal to accept his misfortune as misfortune. Instead, he's turned it into triumph, taking up hand cycling and becoming world class at a second sport.

And, now, a gold medalist.

Told ya it's the best story you'll read today.

Ben Smith's blog.