The first step to being able to do the unthinkable is to actually have a dream.”
– Scott Rigsby
For Scott Rigsby, completing an IronMan was never something that was on his radar, but one fateful summer evening when he was 18 would change the course of his life. Riding in the back of a truck on his way home from work, Scott was thrown from the truck and dragged nearly 400 feet under the wheels of a semi-truck. Scott was rushed to the hospital, where doctors were able to save his life, but not his right leg.
Within the first year after the accident, Scott underwent over 17 surgeries and recovered from the majority of his injuries. The injuries to his left leg remained and eventually resulted in the loss of the remaining leg. Scott was now a double amputee.
In the years following the accident, Scott felt that he had lost everything and there was no real purpose to his life. A world away, Sarah Reinertsen was proving the impossible. Inspired by this incredible woman, Scott set out to prove himself as an example to double amputees around the world. In less than six months, he would complete 13 triathlons, setting two world triathlon records. Scott has continued to push what is possible for double amputees in the world of multi-sport.
Please reflect on and answer the following questions:
- What about Scott’s story is most inspiring to you?
- How did Scott exhibit grit or perseverance through dealing with his struggles?
- What in your life makes you feel like giving up or not persevering?
- Describe a time in your life when you’ve had to keep going even though it seemed impossible to overcome the obstacles you faced. What happened? What did you do to overcome the obstacles? What was the result?
- What advice do you have for people faced with what seems like an insurmountable obstacle?
- What do you dream of doing that you haven’t started working towards yet? What steps will you commit to taking today to accomplish this dream?