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Talai’s story

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A portrait of Alexei Talai in the gym during a training session before a competition.
Alexei does exercises with a barbell in the gym.
Alexei takes a shower before training in the swimming pool.
Alexei jumps into the water during training in the swimming pool.
Alexei during training in the swimming pool.
Alexei during training in the swimming pool.
A portrait of Alexei Talai with a trophy. Alexei is a prize-winning Paralympic swimmer who even holds some world records.
Alexei does exercises with a dumbbell in the gym.
Alexei Talai meets some of his fellow Paralympic athletes on his way to a sports complex.
Alexei Talai’s talk during a business forum in Russia. He often acts as a motivational speaker.
Alexei and his wife waiting for their fourth child to be born.
Alexei during a walk with his children in the park.

In his childhood Alexei Talai lost both his legs and arms in an accident. He tried to put out a fire, but there happened to be  an old artillery shell in the burning room. It exploded and Alexei was seriously injured.   Miraculously, he survived, but ahead of him lay a completely different life — surgery, rehabilitation and self-acceptance. Years later, Alexei became a master of sports in swimming, and a member of the Belarus Paralympic team. He also achieved a black belt in Taekwondo. Sport became a kind of psychological support for Alexei.   He now has a big family with four children. The family is a very important part of his life. In addition to sports, Alexei is active in public life. He founded a charitable foundation, and successfully acts as a motivational speaker and coach.   Alexei holds several world and European records. In September 2019, he set a world record in the 50m breaststroke at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in London.

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