In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life

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An inspiring memoir of courage, spirit, and determination


Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world’s most famous disabled sports figures. A world-class athlete and a celebrated television personality, Sarah Reinertsen not only takes us to the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii—she also provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at her season on CBS’s The Amazing Race 10, where millions saw her climb up the Great Wall of China, scale the cliffs of Vietnam, and ride horses in the hinterlands of Mongolia.


But In a Single Bound is about more than sports and television. A gripping memoir of inner strength, it’s about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends. It’s about an adolescent girl mustering the inner strength to go stag to her senior prom. It’s about a woman who dared to fear less and live more.

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In a Single Bound is the story of Sarah Reinertsen, born with a congenital birth defect that resulted in an above-the-knee amputation of her left leg at age seven. The book documents her struggles and ... Read full review

IN A SINGLE BOUND: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life

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The impressive story of a woman who will eventually be duly recognized as a pioneer in disabled athletics.Reinertsen, whom readers may recognize from her 2006 appearance on The Amazing Race, was born ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Sarah Reinertsen holds the world record for the marathon for above-knee amputee women and was the first female leg-amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. She appeared in 2006 as a participant in CBS’s reality television show The Amazing Race 10. She has competed in triathlons, marathons, and bicycle races throughout America, and regularly gives motivational speeches worldwide. Sarah also leads a series of sports clinics and mentors other athletes with and without disabilities. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, and The Early Show.  Alan Goldsher is the author of seven books, including Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and Jam: A Novel. He has collaborated on books with numerous celebrities and public figures.

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