In 2007, Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Pedeferri was critically injured after being hit by a pickup truck which ultimately left him paralyzed from the chest down. Five years later, Pedeferri is now preparing to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games as part of the Paralympic cycling team.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” said Anthony Pedeferri following his qualification during the Paralympic Road Cycling National Championships in Georgia last week.
After the accident, Pedeferri tried working out on a hand-powered bicycle during rehab but quickly realized his arms were too week to maintain a consistent pace after the initial strokes. Eventually, thanks to months of successful recovery, Pedeferri got back on the bike and found a freedom from his injury that he admits is hard to find these days explaining, “It’s the time when the disability is the furthest thing from my mind. It’s removed from my life.”
Last week in Georgia, Pedeferri earned the best overall score securing his spot on the team and setting a new goal of medaling there.
“Hopefully, I will do enough between now and then to get ready,” he said. Although to many, he’s already done far more in the last five years than anyone could have imagined.
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