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Scott Rigsby: Ironman - Web exclusives
December 2008 Issue
For Scott Rigsby (BSFCS ’93) it took a life-changing accident, two artificial legs and a lot of heart. When Rigsby crossed the finish line at the Ford Ironman in Kona, Hawaii, after just under 17 hours of continuous effort, he was hailed as the first double amputee to complete the event, considered by many to be the most challenging triathlon in the world. Ironically, Rigsby’s first steps to the Ironman competition began with him lying on a South Georgia highway, his head in the lap of his best friend, his right leg crushed. Six thousand pounds of trailer was the tourniquet for my right leg,” he recalls of the accident that resulted in the loss of his right leg and a series of surgeries, strung out over 20 years, on his left. “My right leg was severed. I broke my left femur. My left heel bone was drug off and I had third degree burns down my back.” The accident occurred …
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