Richard Marvin "Rick" Hansen is a Canadian athlete, activist and philanthropist. After a pickup accident at the age of 15, Hansen suffered a spinal cord injury and was half paralyzed. Hansen is best known for the Man in Motion World Tour. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He was one of the last torchbearers at the 1988 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Olympics. He was presented and delivered at the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010
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Canadian athlete confined to a wheelchair who went on to win three gold medals in the Paralympic Games and was one of the final torchbearers in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
He was paralyzed at age 15 when his friend crashed his pickup truck into a tree, throwing Hansen from the bed of the truck.
In his career, he won 19 international wheelchair marathons.
He married Amanda Reid, his former physiotherapist, and they had three daughters: Alana, Emma, and Rebecca.
Inspired by Terry Fox's run across Canada to raise awareness for cancer research, Hansen circled the entire planet in his wheelchair and raised more than $26 million for spinal cord research.
- Canadian athlete with a disability
- Disability Rights Activists Canada
- Wheelchair riders at the 1984 Summer Olympics
- Canadian wheelchair racer
- Athletes (track and field) in the 1980 Paralympic Summer
- Canadian humanists
- Lou Marsh Trophy winner
- Medal winners at the 1980 Summer Paralympic Games
- Paralympic athletes and athletes Canada
- Athletes (athletics) at the 1984. Summer Paralympic Games TM_VZ! Paralympic gold medalist for Canada
- Paralympic silver medalist for Canada
- Members of the Order of British Columbia
- Paralympic bronze medalist for Canada
- Medalist at the 1984 Summer Paralympic Games
- Canadian charities
- People are half paralyzed
- Athletic athlete from British Columbia
- Companion of the Canadian line
- Athletics Paralympic Medalist (Track and Field)
Latest information about Rick Hansen updated on June 14 2021.