If youâ€™ve yet to hear about Sarah Reinertsen, ESPN’s â€śThe Bodyâ€ť issue will inform you in more ways than one about the triathlon competitor. For the publicationâ€™s special edition the courageous amputee bared it all for a photo that is featured in the magazine. Get the rest of the scoop here.
Hereâ€™s a little more about the inspirational athlete who is finally beginning to get the attention she deserves.
She is one of the few people in the world ever to finish an Ironman Triathlon, and better yet, she is the first female with an amputated leg to do it. (Kudos to her, if I had three legs I donâ€™t think that I could finish the darn thing).
When Sarah Reinertsen was a young girl she was diagnosed with proximal femoral focal deficiency, which is the reason behind her leg being removed at the tender young age of seven. Despite what many would deem as a crippling tragedy, Reinertsen refused to give up hope, and used her circumstance to her advantage.
All in all ESPN â€śThe Bodyâ€ť issue will feature six athletes, and of course, all of them will be in the buff. Included in the list of athletes are: Gina Carano, Adrian Peterson, Dwight Howard, and Carl Edwards.
To me, it sounds like ESPN Magazine is trying to follow in the footstep of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by flaunting athletes based on their physical appearance more so than their credentials as competitors. Although, by no means am I saying that I donâ€™t like it, rather, Iâ€™m just pointing out my point of view on the subject.
The special edition issue is set to hit stands on October 9.
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