Double Amputee Completed the Hawaii World Championship Ironman Triathlon

Double Amputee Completed the Hawaii World Championship Ironman Triathlon

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Scott Rigsby

Scott Rigsby an Atlanta resident declared the first person ever to complete an Ironman marathon as a double amputee.

Atlanta (Christian Reporters) – He could not swim, he did not own a bike, and both of his legs were amputated below the knee. How is it possible to win a race without legs?  In the mines of mundane people, this is an unthinkable, unattainable and some would even say an unachievable thought. But we know with God all things are attainable.

On July 23, 1986, Scott Rigsby age 48; an Atlanta resident was sitting on the back of a pickup truck on his way home from work when an 18-wheeler hit, and knocked Rigsby off the pickup and his legs were pinned between the road and the trailer.

He was told by the doctors his right leg was inoperable. Rigsby went on to share how he spent the next decade in and out of surgery rooms as doctors tried to save his left leg and how he became addicted to prescription drugs, was depressed and had suicidal thoughts. Then the day came where he had to make the decision at the age of 30, to have his left leg amputated. He said, “I was drowning in a sea of despair.

But that didn’t stop Rigsby he went against all odds to accomplish what he calls “the unthinkable.”  He said, “This isn’t my story; it’s really God’s story and my role in his story. … I knew God had a plan for me.” Rigsby pursued and endured in spite his condition, he became the first double amputee to complete the Hawaii World Championship Ironman Triathlon – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and marathon race.

Rigsby shared his inspirational story to a crowd of about 700 parishioners at the North River Community Church in Pembroke on a Sunday morning, as he approached the stage he received a standing ovation. Rigsby was wearing his Ironman polo shirt and gym shorts. Rigsby said, “I wear shorts year-round because my legs don’t get cold” as he referenced his prosthetic legs.

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Scott Rigsby

God’s plan unfolds for Rigsby, the Ironman Triathlon; Rigsby felt it was his destiny to be the first double amputee to complete the World Cup of Ironman’s Hawaii World Championship.

Rigsby worked very hard, he spent one year and eight months preparing and training, he said without his loved ones it would have been impossible. It’s great to have a dream, but if you can accomplish your dream by yourself, you’re dreaming too small,” Rigsby also said “Fear is the biggest killer of our dreams. “If you are playing a role in a bigger story, then it is all good.”

The race began, Oct. 13, 2007; Rigsby swam through the Kona Bay, cycled through Hawaiian lava fields and ran 26.2 miles on his prosthetic legs to finish the Ironman in 16 hours and 43 minutes.

Rigsby said he had visions of angel wings protecting him along the race route and he owes his success to his belief in Christianity.

Rigsby went on to participate in the Boston Marathon in 2013; he was three-fourths miles away from the site of the bombings. After the marathon, Rigsby began a fundraiser for Boston Marathon survivors, raising over $200,000 dollars for recovery and prosthetics.

Rigsby devotes his time as a motivational speaker to show people that their life has a purpose.

MJ Gage, a member of the North River Community church, after hearing Rigsby story said, “It wasn’t his story,”  “It was God’s story, and it was Rigby’s purpose.




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