Damien Seguin, the first handisport skipper to compete in the Vendée Globe, crossed the finish line at Les Sables-d'Olonne on Thursday, January 28 at 12 hours 18 minutes, 20 seconds. It took him 80 days, 21 hours, 58 minutes, 20 seconds to complete this round the world solo, non-stop and without assistance or 18 hours, more than Yannick Bestaven, winner of this 9th edition of the Vendée Globe.
In the light of the road accident that deprived her of a leg at the age of seven and the memory of her comrades taking her crutch to cause her to fall, Gui Yuna cannot suppress her tears.
Will Philippe Croizon be the first disabled man to flirt with the stars? The idea had long been in the head of this four-amputee swimmer. Mr. "Anything is possible" struck again. On November 20, 2020, he asked Elon Musk, director of Tesla and the space company SpaceX, on Twitter: "Hello, I'm a famous French adventurer with no arms or legs! Send me into space to show once again that anything is possible!".
A bottle in space?
An unexpected response, he received a response a few hours later from the multi-billionaire to the 40 million followers: "One day we will fly you on Starship," promises Elon Musk.
This is a major challenge that awaits once again our intrepid friend Philippe Croizon.
Chris Nikic, a 20-year-old American, succeeded by becoming, on November 8, 2020, the first triathlete with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman in Florida, accompanied by his guide, Dan Grieb.
Despite a fall on his bike and an attack of insects, he managed to complete the 3.8 km swim (1h54'39), 180 km of cycling (8h12'37) and the 42 km race (in 6h18'48) in 16h46'09, or 13'51 before the permitted limit.
On the morning of the competition, he had posted on social media: "This morning I got up with Down's syndrome... Tonight, I'll go to bed Ironman!".
Vendée Globe: one hand, and no limit....
Tomorrow, Damien Seguin, skipper born without a left hand, will set sail for the Vendée Globe: the Grail of all sailors, his dream as a kid. He thus became the first handisportive to participate in this solo round-the-world trip.
"I will be the first handisport skipper to take part in this round-the-world trip solo, non-stop and unassisted, it's a real pride," the 41-year-old skipper told AFP, while working on his boat, Apicil Group, a monohull of the Imoca class.
Berck on the sea, a new record in Jolette.
A great initiative of the "Blades of Joy" association. A day in Jolette to raise awareness.
A kind of single-seat chair suitable for the race allowing a fundraiser to help amputee children.
In mid-September, eight children, pushed by twelve volunteer athletes, left the Berck-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), taking the baton for 24 hours, completing a staggering distance of 264 kilometres. A new record.
This final challenge had been close to his heart for several years because it was a symbolic way to close the loop, says Thierry Corbalan, the Dauphin Corse. . Swimming 750 kms for 14 challenges in 11 years and about 15,000 kms in training, all with a single mono palm.
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The ascent of the Pic de Posets (Spanish Pyrenees), a challenge for seasoned sportsmen, a feat for Cédric Andrieu and Eddy Estripeau, suffering from three severe chronic diseases. The first contracted two cancers in two years, the second lives with hemorrhagic colitis, combined with COPD, an inflammatory lung disease that forces him to perform several sessions of respiratory physiotherapy per day, and ankylosing spondylitis, a disabling joint pathology. Together, they take on crazy challenges to deliver a message of hope: "Anything is possible! they proclaim in chorus, urging them to "fight against pain"