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Scott Rigsby

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Scott Rigsby is the first double-amputee to complete a Half-Ironman and full Ironman triathlon on prosthetic legs.


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Injury

Rigsby was 18 and a student at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia on that fateful day. He and his friends were riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a rural road after a long day of landscaping when they were struck by an 18-wheeler. Rigsby was thrown under a 3-ton attached trailer and dragged 300 feet. He suffered third-degree burns on his back, his right leg was torn off, and his left leg hung barely attached.


Success

After the accident, Scott dealt with years of surgeries, depression, and prescription drug addiction as he fought to overcome his wounds. In 1998, he decided to amputate his left leg which had never recovered from the accident. Six weeks after his 26th surgery he was running in his brand new prosthetic legs. [1] In 2005, Rigsby decided to change his life and use his new found talent to inspire people. He began training relentlessly and on October 1, 2006, he became the first double-amputee to complete a Half-Ironman on prosthetic legs at the South Carolina Half-Ironman. That year he also completed 13 triathlons, five road races, one duathlon and set two world triathlon records. On March 1, 2007, he became the first double-amputee to complete a full marathon on prosthetics at the ING Georgia Marathon. A year later, on October 13 he became the first double-amputee to complete an Ironman at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.


Today

Today, Rigsby serves as an inspiration to people with an without disabilities. He speaks at many corporate events and counsels wounded US troops in addition to training for various Ironman competions. He has also founded the Scott Rigsby Foundation, "designed to inspire, educate and enable amputees and all challenged athletes around the world". [2]


References

  1. "Ironman" is an Engine of Change. Fayetteville Front Page. 2007. Accessed on February 5, 2008.
  2. The Scott Rigsby Story. The Scott Rigsby Story:Unthinkable. 2006. Accessed on February 5, 2008.