In 2001, Tristen Chernove was aboard a bus that fell into a river in Mexico. He flew through the windshield of the bus, breaking his back. Despite the severity of his injuries, he manages to pull through. Rather, the diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in 2009 marks the turning point of his life. This degenerative disease affects the peripheral nervous system causing muscle atrophy. To test his physical abilities as well as to slow the disease’s symptoms, the athlete from British-Columbia with a competitive paddle sport background began cycling professionnally.
The aviation entrepreneur is very successful in his cycling carreer, first on the national scene and then on the international one. In 2016, he wins two World Cup events, is crowned two-time track racing world champion and wins three medals, one of each colour, at his first paralympic games. The following year, the now father of two defended his two world titles at the kilo and individual pursuit events.
- Submitted On : 08 Feb 2018