Longs Gary, four-time Paralympic champion road cyclist and canadian flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games in Sydney 2000, has died. He was 56.

The canadian Paralympic Committee announced his death on Friday.

Long competed in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Games, winning gold and bronze in ’96 in Atlanta and silver in’ 92 in Barcelona.

The Montreal native became the first Paralympic athlete to be entered in the canadian Cycling Hall of Fame in 2017.

“Sometimes I feel like an outsider,” he said. “On the bike I normal. Everything went smoothly, not so severe as usual. This is freedom for me.”

Longhi took the elite sport as part of his rehabilitation after accident involving motorcycle, 1983, which almost cost him his life and left him in a coma for three months. Brain injury characterized it in the category of cerebral palsy competition.

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