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Jim MacLaren
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Athlete
    (April 13, 1963-August 30, 2010)
    Football and lacrosse player at Yale
    Left leg amputated below the knee after being struck by a bus while riding his motorcycle (1985)
    Became a competitor in marathons and triathlons
    Became a quadriplegic after being hit by a van during the Orange County Ironman Triathlon (1993)
    Became a motivational speaker
    Won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2005 ESPYs
    The day before the 1993 accident, he told his girlfriend, 'Something amazing is about to happen to me. I can feel it.'
    On his webpage he pretentiously described himself as 'bringing awareness to your human potential.'
    He makes you feel like even more of a slug than usual for sitting there surfing the web instead of getting outside and exercising.
    In Ironman triathlons he usually beat 80% of the two-legged competitors.
    He was called the Babe Ruth of amputee athletes.
    He said his first reaction on waking up from his 1993 accident and realizing he could not move his legs was thinking, 'Maybe I'll be able to wheelchair race. And I can go beat Jim Knaub [who held most of the wheelchair marathon records].'
    He inspired the formation of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which by the time of his death had raised $28 million to support disabled athletes.
    He maintained a remarkably upbeat attitude for someone who kept having crap thrown at him by fate.
    He said, 'Is it fair what happened to me? No, of course not. So what?'

Credit: C. Fishel


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