On March 22, 2016, rider Beatrice De Lavalette was at Brussels Airport. Then a bomb exploded. The injuries were so severe that she was forced to amputate both legs.
Beatrice De Lavalette is a US citizen, but grew up partly in France and was on her way to her parents in Florida during the terrorist attack.
Already five months after the terrorist attack, the 22-year-old, who has been sitting on horseback since the age of three, was back in training and one year after the amputation, she completed her first para-dressage competition.
Now the goal is to qualify for a place at the Paralympics in Tokyo later this year.
Engberg, E. (2021, March 23). The terrorist attack took her legs – five years later she is aiming for the Paralympics. svt SPORT. https://www.svt.se/sport/parasport/terrorattacken-tog-hennes-ben-fem-ar-senare-siktar-hon-mot-paralympics