Marieve Kroto saw her dream of competing in the streets of her neighborhood die this weekend when bacteria attacked her lungs a few weeks ago. has great reason to rejoice. she is still very much alive.
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Kroto, a two-time Paralympian, said, “I was really out of breath. It happened right after the Canadian Championships in Edmonton. In the hospital, they saved my life.”
“My doctor told me that I would not be able to compete until the end of the season because of the damage to my larynx.”
So the Charlebourg native will be on the sidelines at the UCI Paracycling World Cup, which starts today and will feature 300 athletes from 35 countries. (see other text below).
“It really happens at home. I grew up in the Arpidrome and I live two minutes from here. It’s a dream I always thought would come true, but I’ll do my best to make it happen again next year,” said the 43-year-old. said.
she wants to go to paris
Trials, Kroto experienced great trials throughout his life. She was hit by a drunk driver in her teens, after which she had to contend with flesh-eating bacteria.
A concussion kept him out of the London Games, and his fitted bike was stolen just days before the Rio Games.
But the elite paracyclist and two-time world champion in 2011, 2012 and 2013 refuses to let this new challenge ring the death knell of her career.
She has already resumed training at a moderate pace in the gym and is waiting for her larynx to fully recover and return to the mount for the Paris Olympics in two years’ time.
gift a bicycle
During this forced break, she is involved in the organization of this World Cup that will be held in her backyard.
Dr. Kroto will also have another meeting in the coming days with Pierre-Alexis Lépine, a pulmonologist at the Institute of Cardiology and Respirology at the University of Quebec.
But this appointment is not purely medical.
“I told the doctor: You really saved my life. I bought him a very small time trial bike and I’m going to go see him.”
Thrills and life lessons
Spectators attending UCI Paracycling World Cup events can expect to experience thrills, but they can also see great lessons in courage, highlighting the participating athletes.
From today until Sunday, elite paracyclists battle for victory in the streets of Charlebourg. Several routes have been designed, most notably near the Alpidrome and around the grounds of the Sisters of Charity.
like a championship
The 300 cyclists are grouped into four categories: tandems, hand bikes, tricycles and regular bikes, with or without adaptation.
Time trials, relays and road races are included in the program.
“With so many athletes participating, it rivals the world championships,” said Louis Barbeau, executive director of the Quebec Cycling Sports Federation.
“The descent to the Bourg Royale, it will roll! Adds paracyclist Marie-Ave Kroto, who specializes in tricycles. In my opinion, the tandem moves at 90, 100 km/h. It’s a target! »
Charles Moreau from Victoriaville participates in a handcycling event.
He likes the Charlebourg course, where he comes to gain his power.
After the visit of Mayor Bruno Marchand, part of the course’s asphalt was also redone.
Moreau, a bronze medalist on the road at the Rio Paralympics, is clearly delighted to be racing not far from home.
Several of his relatives are expected to be at the scene, as is Victoriaville Mayor Antoine Tardif.
“Come see this!”
But the 40-year-old athlete also wants to send a message to the people of Quebec.
“Come see this,” he said. People don’t doubt our abilities. This is an eye-opening event. We face difficulties in our daily life. Some people can motivate themselves to get over their stuff. »
“This is a life lesson,” adds Marie-Yves Croto. It’s hard to watch someone with no legs climb a hill at 40 km/h. Tell people to get out of their homes and be active, regardless of obstacles or difficulties. »