Gary Longhi, a 4-time Paralympian street bicycle owner and Canada’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, has died. He was 56.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee announced his dying Friday.
Longhi competed in the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Online games, successful gold and bronze in ’96 in Atlanta and silver in ’92 in Barcelona.
The Montreal native was the first Paralympic athlete to be inducted into the Canadian Cycling Corridor of Fame in 2017.
“Sometimes in modern society I sense like an outsider,” he claimed. “On the bicycle I’m standard. Anything is smooth, not as harsh as standard. It’s liberty for me.”
Longhi took up elite-level cycling as section of his rehabilitation next a 1983 motorbike crash that practically claimed his everyday living and remaining him in a coma for a few months. His mind personal injury qualified him for a cerebral palsy class of competitiveness.