Sarah Reinertsen Videos
Inspiring others to do the same as Sarah crosses the finish line, it’s not just for her. It’s also for the little girls with disabilities like hers. USA Today talked with Sarah after her race in the Hawaii Ironman Kona race.
The Ironman World Championship is a cruel, uncompromising and unyielding examination of body and mind.
Don’t even ask about any concessions, however young, old, injured, or bone-weary you are. Or, in the case of Sarah Reinertsen, you’re trying to complete the whole darned, miserable thing, all 140 miles of it, as an amputee with a prosthetic leg.
Short interview and feature of Sarah’s dream to finish the Kona Ironman one more time in 2018. Proving you don’t need two legs to dream and achieve.
Photo credit: Nike
Sarah is featured on Nike IGTV channel discussing her journey to Kona Ironman 2018 in “My Crazy Dream”. She shares how she dreams big and how you don’t need two legs to dream. Filmed on Kona, Hawaii the week before Sarah competed and finished the Ironman World Championship 2018.
If someone said to me, “look we can give your leg back”, I don’t think I would take it. I think the life I’ve led on one leg is far more exciting than the life I would have led with two normal legs.
View this video interview with USA Today where Sarah Reinertsen explains how she competes in the Ironman with a prosthetic leg. This will be Sarah’s third IronMan, which will be held in Kona, Hawaii on October 13, 2018.
I want people to see me in the Ironman, and instead of feeling sorry I want them to feel empowered. A lot of social change comes through sport, think of Jackie Robinson. In some ways I want that same cultural change to happen with people with disability.
With the Ironman there are no exceptions to the rules. Every competitor, even those with a prosthetic leg like Sarah’s, swim, bike and run under the same mandates making the race even more of a challenge. Sarah must bike without being able to stand up on the pedals when more power is helpful for powering up the hills.
I still continue to hear stories about people with disabilities that are being denied the rights to play and be part of after-school sports and this year the race for me is really about having a higher purpose. I really want to dedicate this one to helping others get to their own starting line.
For info on the Kona Ironman World Championship 2018 race, how to track Sarah’s progress in the race and where to watch highlights of the race.