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Andre Kajlich

by on Feb.08, 2013, under Archive, Ironman

Andre Kajlich lost both legs above the knee and almost lost his life in a horrific accident in Prague back in 2003. So how has he adapted? By becoming one of the world’s best wheelchair athletes, being named the 2012 Paratriathlete of the Year by USA Triathlon and taking second in Kona in 2011 and first in 2012. But all of that was a small-time appetizer compared to the Brazil 135 mile off-road monster he just finished. It was off-road, he was in a wheelchair, and the non-stop event featured 33,000 fee of gain, 29,000 of descent, and it took him over 62 hours to complete. Amazing story.

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Andre Kajlich

by on Sep.29, 2011, under Archive, Ironman, Road to Kona, triathlon

cmrIn December of 2003, Andre Kajlich (pronounced Ky-Lick) was in the Czech Republic taking biochemistry classes. After a late night and early morning out with friends, he headed to the subway station for the trip home. The next thing he remembers was waking up in the hospital three weeks later and being told that he had somehow ended up on the subway tracks and had lost both legs above the knee. Add to that six broken ribs, a broken arm, collapsed lungs and a badly cut back, and the 24 year old was lucky just to be alive.

In October of 2010 he participated in his first triathlon as part of a relay team and swam 1.2 miles in the ocean before completing a ten mile run using a racing chair. Andre was hooked. He did an Olympic distance triathlon in the spring of 2011 and qualified for the New York City Triathlon, which is the national ParaTri Championships. In June he did his first 70.3 in Lubbock, Texas and qualified for Kona in his first attempt. In August he raced New York, took second, and qualified for Beijing a month later where he took home the silver medal at the World’s. Next up? The Ironman World Championship on October 8th.

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