"Fear less, live more!" - Sarah Reinertsen
Sarah Reinertsen, Paralympian, ITU Paratriathlon World Champion, Runner, and Ironman triathlon athlete joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast with John Brenkus for a milestone 100th episode.
Sarah “Iron Sarah” Reinertsen is a true pioneer. Born with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), she made the bold decision as a seven year old to amputate her leg. She envisioned jumping right in with other kids and leading a fully active life, and that vision drives her today in breaking barriers and challenging perceptions.
Sarah’s list of “firsts” could fill several lifetimes:
- Setting her first World Record (100m dash) at age 13
- First amputee featured on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine
- First female athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship on a prosthetic (2005)
- First amputee (male or female) to grace the cover of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue
- First amputee (male or female) to participate in CBS’s “The Amazing Race”
- First amputee (male or female) to complete the World Marathon Challenge - 7 half-marathons on 7 continents in 7 days
- First female athlete to run the Great Wall Marathon in China on a prosthesis
Oh yeah, and Sarah’s represented Team USA at the Paralympics, is a three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion, has won six gold medals, and held five previous world records…all while having a full-time job at Nike.
Despite Sarah’s extensive accomplishments, she will tell you that she’s made of the same stuff inside all of us, and she truly believes that we can all seek and accomplish what we envision. The bolder the better. That’s what’s bringing her back to the Kona Ironman World Championship on October 13, 2018 on Ironman’s 40th anniversary.
Get ready for a serious shot of inspiration - Sarah’s energy and can-do attitude is contagious!
SARAH’S WORDS OF WISDOM
“Fear less, live more!”
“We can have fear that stops us all the time from doing things, but if we let that fear control us it’s actually stopping us from living.”
“Find your brave muscle.”
“The experience of not having makes you appreciate the having more.”
“I don’t want to look back at my life and say, ‘Gosh, I wish I spent more time feeling sorry for myself,’ or ‘Gosh, I wish I spent more of my time finding excuses.’”
“Finding excuses is taking the easy way…find the other challenging path because the juice is worth the squeeze.”
“There is no special sauce beyond beyond being tenacious and being willing to do hard work.”
SARAH’S PROJECTS + CHARITABLE WORK
Sarah is an ambassador for Challenged Athletes Foundation, which provides individuals with physical challenges with opportunities to find success in life through sports, community, and mentorship
Össur is a leader in prosthetic and injury solutions. Sarah cycles and runs with innovations out of the Össur Lab.
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