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The Bionic Athlete and the Future of Sports

Sarah Reinertsen was the first woman on a prosthetic leg to complete the grueling Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Since losing her leg because of a bone-growth disorder, she has gone on to set world records in track and compete in the world's toughest marathons and triathlons.

Sarah's success includes an appearance on "The Amazing Race", on the cover of ESPN's Body Issue, and an inspirational book, "In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life". She recently worked with Nike to develop the first removable running sole for prosthetic blades.

Sarah will talk with Jeff Beckham, a contributor to Wired's sports blog, Playbook, about the future of prosthetics for athletes and other active people, along with how the profile of amputee athletes has never been higher.

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  1. How have prostheses changed over the years for use in sport or active lifestyles?
  2. What are the things you're most excited about in this area? Where do you see things going?
  3. What did you learn from working with Nike and Ossur to develop a brand-new device?
  4. People sometimes question how athletes with prosthetics can compete with other athletes or worry that prosthetics give them an advantage. How to you address those views?
  5. Are bionics the future of prosthetics and how might they change competition for amputee athletes?



Sarah Reinertsen, Athlete, Always Tri

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