Sarah Reinertsen and the Ironman
On July 20, 2005, Ted Koppel interviewed Sarah Reinertsen on "Nightline" about her incredible journey to compete in the Ironman, a 26-mile run, 2-mile swim, and 112-mile ride. Sarah was born with her left leg damaged from a condition called proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD). To even the length of her legs, Sarah had to wear a leg brace starting at the age of 11 months and maneuvered around on the stiff leg brace until she was 7 years old, when the decision was made to amputate the leg. At the age of 11, however, she met a woman named Paddy Rossbach, an amputee runner, who inspired her to be an athlete. Rossbach, currently President and CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America (http://www.ncpad.org/693/3207/2005-08-01#7), comments that "she was wearing really the most prehistoric prosthesis, which so many people were given and still probably are. But she was trying to do absolutely everything with it. And she was doing a remarkable job."
Currently, Sarah serves as a National Spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Her role is to inspire and provide guidance to others with physical barriers. The Challenged Athletes Foundation provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities to pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and competitive athletics. Read more about Sarah at http://www.ncpad.org/693/3207/2005-08-01#8, and more about the Challenged Athletes Foundation at http://www.ncpad.org/693/3207/2005-08-01#9.