Published on 02/28/2022 22:58
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Amputated with a leg following a tiger shark attack, Manoël Bourdenx is a miracle.
It is a miracle that will defend the French chances on the alpine para skiing event at the Paralympic Games in Beijing 2022. One day in 2017, while surfing in Hawaii, Manoël Bourdenx crosses the path of a tiger shark four meters long which crunches his leg. “It was a few seconds of combat where I hit where I could, it was survival, remembers the one who is a sailing and ski instructor. When the shark let go of me, there was a series of a few waves that arrived as if by a miracle. I had to row twice on my board to almost get back to shore”.
Miraculously and now provided with a leg prosthesis, “Baboo” quickly opens the doors of the France para team. To the point of lining up for the Games this winter. “I ski as if I had my two feet, I have the feeling of my two feet” he explains.
He continues: “Today, I have the impression of having become me again, I feel alive”. He has the opportunity to crown his Olympic dream with a medal in Beijing, starting Friday.
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