Alex Zanardi has been a hero of mine for some time. A great driver in his Champ car career, I'd followed him since watching him in the early 90s in F3000 battling with Damon Hill et al at the time. He never seemed to get the right car at the right time in F1 and went back to the USA. Sadly in one of the most horrific crashes ever in Germany in 2001 he lost both legs, instantly in a crash that frankly was a miracle he survived at all. He showed incredible spirit returning to race again in a modified touring car even winning World Touring Car races. That was pretty incredible.
Today he one a paralympic gold medal - at ironically Brands Hatch! He is simply an inspiration and a man for whom I do not have words to express my admiration - I wish I had just one once of his humility, tenacity and grace. I don't like the word hero banded about as it often is these days but for Mr Zanardi I will happily use it... he is a true hero!