"How do you change what you can do? Through practice." - Jordan Rapp
Jordan Rapp, ITU World Champion and Champion Ironman Triathlete joins THE BRINK OF MIDNIGHT PODCAST.
A natural athlete, Jordan's diverse athletic journey started as an All-American High School lacrosse goalie, proceeded to rowing for Princeton, and, on hiatus from rowing, finally led to triathlon, where he has been a pro for the last 11 years. Winning several Ironman triathlons and winning the ITU World Championship are some of Jordan's professional highlights, but what's even more incredible is that most of these wins came after an incredible comeback story. On a long training ride, Jordan collided with a car in a hit and run accident, suffered serious injuries, and was left for dead bleeding out in the middle of the road. With the clock ticking and minutes to live, Chief Petty Officer Thomas Sanchez happened to be driving by, stopped and reached inside Jordan's neck to save his life. Jordan's comeback and willingness to work as hard as possible remind us of the best of the human spirit and how amazing things can happen when we look for ways to help each other out.
JORDAN'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"My accident taught me about our obligation to each other as people. If you see something that is wrong, you have to change it. What are you willing to do to make a difference in the world, in someone else's life, in your life?"
"How do you change what you can do? Through practice."
"The more that you put into improving yourself as a person, that's what's going to give you a chance to find your opportunities...You have to prepare yourself for opportunity."
JORDAN'S CHARITABLE WORK
World Bicycle Relief has since built programs to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles for students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. While the bicycles themselves help individuals conquer distance and increase their carrying capacity, WBR has also created new economic opportunities by training field mechanics and employing bike assemblers to support our local programs.
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Closing song, SUNBLOCK (Emmett Swimming)
To hear from more incredible endurance athletes, check out our conversations with Diana Nyad and Shannon Farar-Griefer