In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life

In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life

by Sarah Reinertsen

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Overview

Sarah Reinertsen was born with a congenital birth defect. At the age of seven, her leg was amputated. At the age of thirteen, she broke the 100-meter world record for female above-the-knee amputees. At the age of thirty, she became the first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. A year later, in CBS's reality television show The Amazing Race 10, she scaled the Great Wall of China. This book tells her story.

Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is about a feisty little girl from Long Island who became one of the world's most famous disabled sports figures. But it is also a gripping memoir of inner strength-about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends and a woman who dared to fear less and live more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762756421
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

SARAH REINERTSEN, a Long Island native, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from George Washington University in 1997, and her Masters in Journalism from U.S.C. in 2000. In 2001, Sarah worked at NBC as an on-air correspondent in New York City. Over the last eight years, Sarah has competed in triathlons throughout the country, completed the Ironman World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii, and given motivational speeches throughout the world. Sarah lives in California. She maintains a blog at http://iamironsarah.spaces.live.com, and you can visit Sarah at http://www.AlwaysTri.net.

Table of Contents

Introduction VII

Chapter 1 Part Girl, Part Machine 1

Chapter 2 Becoming a Champion 37

Chapter 3 Even the Best Runners Can't Run Away 68

Chapter 4 Jump at the Chance 100

Chapter 5 Always Tri 124

Chapter 6 I'mua 148

Chapter 7 My Amazing Race 170

Chapter 8 Unfinished Business 191

Epilogue 215

Sarah Reinertsen's Racing Career 223

Acknowledgments 227

About the Authors 232

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Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world’s most famous disabled sports figures. A world-class athlete and a celebrated television personality, Sarah Reinertsen not only takes us to the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, she also provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at her season on CBS’s The Amazing Race 10, where millions watched her climb up the Great Wall of China, scale the cliffs of Vietnam, and ride horses in the hinterlands of Mongolia.

But In a Single Bound is about more than sports and television. A gripping memoir of inner strength, it is about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends. It’s about a girl dealing with an abusive father—the same father who introduced her to another female amputee at a race when she was eleven, which then opened up a whole new world for Sarah. It’s about an adolescent girl learning to deal with the media as she became a rising star—a girl mustering the inner strength to go stag to her senior prom, and dealing with body image issues that would turn a typical Gossip Girl into a blubbering mess. It’s about Sarah’s hard-fought, inspiring quest to become an Ironman. In a Single Bound is about a woman who dared to fear less and live more.

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In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kay1010 More than 1 year ago
Sarah is an amazing woman. She didn't allow her physical handicap to discourage her dream & desire to be a renowned athlete. What an inspiration Sarah is. Easy read, entertaining & I recommend it.
Soniamarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a woman! I admire Sarah for her strength and determination. I had never heard of her before coming across this book but now I will be watching for her. She has let nothing stand in her way and everytime life has thrown a hurdle her way she hasn't given up, but kept trying over and over again. She lost her leg at age seven due to a disease she was born with in which one leg is severely shorter than the other. After the age of seven, she had fake leg after fake leg, and all very different from the last. Sarah goes into detail about the legs and the process of getting the legs. I shall never complain about my hearing aides again! After a brief look into her troublesome family life, Sarah also talks about her interest and passion for running and triathlons and the paralympics. She competed in the Ironman triathlon twice and ran many marathons. She also talks about her stint on Amazing Race season ten and why that did not go as she had hoped. Life has thrown a lot of obstacles Sarah's way, but she has maintained a sense of humor through it all and a whole lot of gumption. I enjoyed her story and I have a newfound respect and understanding for amputees and what they go thru.
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