Posted on 3/8/2015
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, let's hold high the legacy of amazing accomplishments of athleticism by women athletes throughout history. Here's to the women that inspire us to go farther, faster, and to make more of ourselves.
Julie Moss made national headlines during a Wide World of Sports' live broadcast of the 1982 IRONMAN World Championship held in Hawaii. After launching a comfortable lead, just about two miles from the finish line she battled nutrition issues and had to stumble and crawl towards the end course. After being passed by Kathleen McCartney, Moss’ committed to finishing the race. Her self-struggle race was broadcasted around the world and offered inspiration to many to compete in IRONMAN and other sporting events world wide.
Hyvon Ngetich was a 29-year-old marathoner from Kenya finished her famous Austin Marathon run in third place. With a lead for much of the race, she collapsed with just two-tenths of a mile to go and had to crawl the final 400 meters to the finish line. Medical officials offered her a wheelchair to take her off the course, but she refused to stop and continued to finish the entire competition at 3 hours, 4 minutes and 2 seconds.
Minda Dentler was born in India, where she has contracted polio during infancy. Her legs were paralyzed, and at an early age she was left in an orphanage. She was adopted by an American family in Spokane, Washington. After a variety of surgeries, she was able to walk with leg braces and crutches. As a young adult, she discovered hand cycling and became a wheelchair para triathlete. After experiencing a failed attempt at the IRONMAN World Championship in year 2012, Minda came back stronger in 2013 and persisted under her difficult conditions. With her 14:39:14 finish in Kona, Minda added her name to the IRONMAN World Championship as the first official hand cyclist to complete the event, by swimming 2.4 miles, hand cycling 112 miles and pushing a racing wheelchair 26.2 miles.
These are a few of many women who serve as an inspiration to everyone. Who inspires you this International Women's Day?