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Marie-Claude Molnar - Dream Your Life. Live Your Dream.


"Dream your life. Live your dream. The choice is yours to make. Some are born an athlete, others to become one. That's me." As far as Marie-Claude can remember, sport has always played a big role in her life and she understood early that "if you wanted to do something great, you had to have a dream and objectives. Ask yourself "can I do this?" There is only one way to find out: TRY! You'll never know where it can take you."

Back in July 2005, Marie wanted to find out how far she could ride her bike in one day. She planned a course that was 75 miles long. On her way back home, after reaching the Canada-USA frontier, she was riding on the side of the road, where the speed limit was 45mph but on the day there was a driver who decided that speed limits did not apply to him and was instead driving 70mph when he hit her from behind.

As always, Marie was wearing a helmet, which got most of the impact and allowed her to sustain a mild head trauma instead of leaving her life there on the road. Of course, she got many broken bones and got very close with loosing her arms because of sustained cuts from the windshield.

In 2009, after a few years of going back to a normal life with school, work and traveling, Marie was wondering if she would be able to take up competition in road cycling. Only one way to find out... she took part in her first competition in May 2009, racing against riders that had been to the Beijing Paralympic Games the previous year and she still managed to win a bronze medal. Looking back today, 2016 is her 8th season of competition. Marie has attained great milestones along the way such as national and provincial championship titles, World Cup Champion, World Record Holder, having medalled at her first Paralympic Games in London 2012, being recipient of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and having received the King Clancy Award.

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What inspires you?

What inspires me is someone that will give everything to become the best they can be, whatever their objective or their dream is. It might take a long time to reach your goal but believe in yourself will help you keep on going when things get a little rough and that's already being a winner to me.

Sometimes, the simplest things in life can be the greatest and I try to live everyday and make it as beautiful as the previous one because life is too short to worry too much about things one cannot have control on. The show must go on and make the best of any opportunity.

The paralympic movement is growing stronger and athletes are getting tougher; that's the beauty of paralympic sport. Always train as hard as you can because the next day there might be a new competitor that will change the game.

How has your work made a difference, do you have a fan story?

When I was in elementary school, we often had the chance to have athletes come and visit. I always found it interesting to hear their story and mostly find out how they came to be where they are today. I've been taught with stories to keep on going whatever happens, keep trying and you'll succeed. I've been told sometimes that I did not have what it takes to succeed in cycling. When I look back, it makes me smile because I am proud of everything that I've achieved when people thought I could not do it. Like Rudy Ruettiger of the Notre-Dame Fighting Irish. :-)

Today, it's my turn to give back what I've been taught my entire life and share what I learn every single day.

Are there any big events coming up the audience should know about?

I am proud to announce that I will be a part of the Canadian Paralympic Cycling Team that will head to Rio from September 7-18 for the Paralympic Games and promise to perform to the best of my capability and reach new heights.

There is not much distinction between an Olympic and a Paralympic athlete; simply the life story will be different. There are paralympic athletes who were born with a condition that allowed them to compete in paralympic sport and others are athletes who sustained injuries after an accident or a illness that have developed over the course of their life. Nevertheless, either Olympic or Paralympic, athletes.


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