10.10.2009

fear less. live more.

Marge Simpson on the cover of Playboy is getting a lot of attention, but here's something even hotter.

Sarah Reinertsen, an amputee athlete, is one of six athletes featured - nude - on different covers of ESPN Magazine's "Body Issue". See Sarah's cover here.

I wrote about Sarah a long time ago for Sports Illustrated for Kids, and blogged about her disability pride. Many people know her from "The Amazing Race," which I've never seen.

Here's her website. "Fear Less. Live More." I like it.

2 comments:

deang said...

Such an impressive person! Thanks for posting.

Around 25 years ago when I was at university, I met a high school student at a friend's band's gig. At the end of the evening, she said she was sorry she didn't dance very well: "I have an artificial leg," she told me. I thought it was a figure of speech so I laughed (she danced fine), but she later told me she was serious, that one of her legs had been completely absent below the hip socket since childhood (can't remember now if it was from birth or not). She moved pretty normally and it was the mid-80s era of ankle-length tube skirts and ankle boots, so I would never have known.

I later learned that she was an accomplished horseback rider and an expert trampolinist. Before she'd get on a trampoline, she'd remove her prosthetic leg and jump and flip better than any of us, with perfect balance. It was amazing.

She went to film school at NYU and I lost touch with her, but I recently heard that she's been a documentary filmmaker for years and won a Barbara Jordan Award for a film on problems faced by Vietnamese immigrants.

Reinertsen's story brought that all back to me.

L-girl said...

Thanks for sharing that! Nice story.

one of her legs had been completely absent below the hip socket since childhood (can't remember now if it was from birth or not

It probably was congenital. Reinertsen was born with a condition that made one leg not grow, and when she was a child - maybe around 8, IIRC, it was removed altogether. That's a big cause of young amputees.

The biggest cause is cancer, but that generally comes a little later, with the onset of puberty.

Reinertsen also made me massively envious for a while, when she was writing professionally. It's one thing to be a great athlete, but please don't write, too!! :)