The founder of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin, liked to recite the Latin term “Citius, Altius, Fortius”. It translates as “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. However, the pursuit of sporting supremacy comes with risks, as Australian silver medallist Sam Willoughby, 25, has tragically discovered. This elite BMX rider is a two-time world champion and a sponsor’s delight. But four weeks ago he crashed while training in the USA, and in a terrible instant lost all feeling below his chest. Now he faces his greatest uphill battle: not to cycle again, simply to walk. Sam is determined to win this fight and with the support of his wonderful family, including fiancée Alise Post, he is already proving what a great champion he really is.
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Tonight on @60minutes9 my story with Australian BMX world champion Sam Willoughby. A tragic accident has left him in a wheelchair with 'incomplete tetraplegia' but it's not going to stop him from walking his future wife down the aisle in April. Messages of support can be left on his page @swilloughby91_ . Do tune in if you can, folks. Producer: @philgoyen