Photograph By Sheryl Nields for ESPN The Magazine
Why we chose her: She is the first female amputee to complete the Ironman.
Take it from her mom: "We never coddled her. And she's always been gutsy. At age 11 she ran her first race, a 60-meter against other amputees. In the middle of it, the strap holding up her prosthetic leg snapped, so she had to hold it in place while she ran. Can you imagine? No one would have blamed her for giving up at that point. But she kept going -- and won."