Tag: Cuba

Damian Lopez Alfonso

Fast Cuban with no arms headed to 2012 Paralympic Games

As a young teen in Cuba, Damian Lopez Alfonso loved flying kites. When his kite got caught in a high voltage power line, Damian used a pole to retrieve it. The next thing he knows, he wakes up in the hospital with both lower arms and most of his face missing.

Damian biked before his accident, and he taught himself to bike again without arms. He flipped the drop handlebars up so he could steer, brake and shift with the nubs of his arms. And he got very, very fast.