154. Learn how a Bike Accident Lead to Becoming one of Canada's TOP PARALYMPIAN Meet MARIE CLAUDE MOLNAR
In this episode, you will learn about: How pure grit and determination did not keep her from recovery with speed after the car accident left her with severe head trauma injuries, broken bones and partial amputation of her arms.
Which lead her to be invited to join the Quebec Parathlete Program as one of the TOP PARALYMPIAN in Canada.
As a young child, I dreamed of representing Canada on the international stage. Maurice Richard's tenacity book was my favourite. Tenacity allowed me to recover from a serious accident that occurred in 2005; during a bike ride, a motorist driving at high speed hit me. I had a head injury and several fractures.
By joining the national para-cycling team in 2009, I realized my dream of representing Canada on the international stage. Even in 2012, I had the honour of being selected for the London Games, where I won bronze in the individual time trial.
Sport has allowed me to develop authenticity, humility, discipline and commitment. I let myself be inspired by the people around me and it is the baggage that I carry with me in competition, to become the best cyclist I can become.
Two-time Paralympian Marie-Claude Molnar has been cycling since she was three years old. To her, sport represents self-accomplishment; it has helped her push her limits and allows her to explore her own capabilities.
In 2005, Molnar suffered a fractured skull and other serious injuries when was struck by a car measured to be travelling at 110km/h. She describes herself as a go-getter and realizes that to attain her goals she must believe in herself, create her own opportunities and simply try.
A former hockey player, Molnar says that her greatest challenge has been cycling itself. She says, “Cycling is a complex sport compared to what people may think; it involves a lot of strategy, tactics, handling skills and specific knowledge.”
Molnar started to compete at World Championships and World Cups in 2009 after being crowned the road race and time trial at her Canadian championships debut. A World Cup road champion in 2012 and a multiple UCI overall champion, she has also received numerous awards to honour her performances.
Two-time Paralympic and Parapan Am Games team member… Bronze medal in the individual pursuit at 2011 Parapan Am Games…Bronze medal in the time trial at 2012 Paralympic Games…2013 World Championships silver medallist…World Cup winner in 2012… Maintained an average speed of 40 km/h in a time trial in 2013… Multiple Canadian champions
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