Alex Zanardi proudly displays the gold medal he won at the 2012 London Paralympics in the Individual H4 Time Trial. Getty Images
Before taking up hand cycling, he had previously driven on the same Brands Hatch circuit, 20 miles outside of London, in a touring car. Getty Images
Zanardi decided to give up his motor racing career three years ago at the age of 42, having continued it despite a life-threatening crash in 2001. Getty Images
Driving a Honda Reynard (No. 66) Zanardi sustained horrific injuries during a CART Championship series race in Germany as he collided with fellow competitor Alexandre Tagliani (No. 33).
Zanardi made a successful return to motorsport after his horror crash and raced in single seaters and touring cars, using prosthetic limbs and modified vehicles. Getty Images
Zanardi was honored for his incredible comeback at the Laureus World Sports awards in 2005. Getty Images
While he struggled in four seasons in Formula One, Zanardi enjoyed success in open-wheel racing as he twice won the U.S. CART series. Getty Images