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Bethany Hamilton
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Athlete
    (1990- )
    Competitive surfer since age four
    At thirteen while surfing, a 14 foot tiger shark bit off her left arm just inches from her shoulder blade (October 31, 2003)
    Sponsored by rip curl and angel surf curl
    She is obsessive about surfing.
    She is so dedicated to her sport that she surfs every day either prior to or after attending school.
    She thought she would be able to go surfing as soon as her stitches were removed but was disappointed that she had to wait an extra week.
    She was concerned about losing her sponsorships while being hauled into the beach after the shark attack.
    She is not bitter.
    She is poised and mature.
    When she lost her arm to the shark, she did not panic and began paddling back to the beach.
    She is not afraid to go in the water again, because she believes the odds of getting attacked by a shark twice is extremely slim.
    A month after her arm was amputated she was back surfing.
    She has been doing some skateboarding to get her balance back.
    She and her doctors credit her surf buddy's father for making a tourniquet that saved her life,
    She told the NY Post 'I like New York and I really like the snow, But I don't think I could ever live in a city. I can't imagine living away from the beach. I'm only five minutes away.' (December 2003).
    She is touched that people look at her as an inspiration.
    She said: 'I Have Jesus by my side and my amazing family and they are supportive.'
    In a twist of irony, she was brought in for surgery, while her dad was having knee surgery. He was removed from the room and the same doctor worked on her.
    She loves New York City but prefers being only five minutes from the beach in Hawaii.
    In 2018, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 14 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 12 Votes: 16.67% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 735 Votes: 49.66% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 67 Votes: 46.27% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 25 Votes: 56.00% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 131 Votes: 48.85% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 34 Votes: 41.18% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 118 Votes: 37.29% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 58 Votes: 34.48% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 141 Votes: 46.10% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 315 Votes: 40.63% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 2158 Votes: 42.49% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 822 Votes: 40.63% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 128 Votes: 29.69% Annoying
 
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