Challenge Athlete

Sport: Cycling

Bio: After a night out with friends while studying in Prague, Andre was struck by a subway train. How he ended up on the tracks facing an oncoming metro remains a mystery, even to him. With one leg requiring amputation above the knee, the other at the hip, there was little hope he would walk again. Having spent his young adult years dabbling in sport after sport this was a bitter pill to swallow. Over the next five years André only concerned himself with resuming life as usual, claiming “life isn’t always a willing experience; you just have to keep moving forward.”

While it was tough to comprehend that he would never walk again, Andre almost immediately took to his new lifestyle, and the endurance sports world, with a “Challenge Accepted” mindset. He was named “USA’s Paratriathlete of the Year”, winning the Pan American Championship, IRONMAN 70.3 and Kona World Championships. He was also the first wheelchair athlete to finish Ultraman Canada, Hawaii and Australia, and the grueling Brazil135 Ultramarathon.

The cycle of finding a race, puzzling through its completion, working to hit training goals and finally seeing himself across the finish line represents for Andre the positive side of his life’s struggle.

His sights are now set on the greatest race of all; the Race Across America.

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