Biggest career achievement: Becoming the first woman on a prosthetic leg to finish the Hawaii Ironman triathlon. “I knew I had made my mark in sport – proving that a woman with a disability could finish one of the toughest endurance sport events in the world.”
This year promises to be a big one for Sarah Reinertsen. She is debuting a new Nike/Ossur Prosthetics running product for amputees and is training to compete in the inaugural New York City Ironman in August, the NYC Triathlon and the NYC Marathon, all of which are sure to provide large media opportunities for her. Reinertsen captured the athletic world’s attention after making sports history as the first woman on a prosthetic leg to finish the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. She also serves as a spokesperson for the nonprofit Challenged Athletes Foundation.
In her 2009 book, “In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life,” Reinertsen tells how a feisty one-legged girl tried to fit in and grew up to become a world-class athlete and TV personality.
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20 WOMEN TO WATCH
Introduction by Executive Editor Steve Churm
Nancy W. Dahan ≈ Dr. Carol A. Taylor ≈ Mildred García, Ed.D.
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D. ≈ Carrie Williams
Lisa Taylor ≈ Dr. Jody Agius Vallejo ≈ Shelley M. Hoss
Trinka Rowsell ≈ Deirdre Evans ≈ Dimetria A. Jackson
Ria Marie Carlson ≈ Tammie McMann Brailsford, RN
Donna Boston ≈ Margie Evashenk ≈ Dede Barbanti
Mari Kurtz ≈ Cozette Phifer Koerber
Sarah Reinertsen ≈ Sandra Bolton
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