Scott Rigsby is used to overcoming major obstacles. At age 18, he was thrown from a truck while working a summer job and dragged over 380 feet under a 3 ton trailer. After losing his right leg, Rigsby endured over 26 surgeries in 10 years before finally deciding to “free” himself from being a professional patient and remove his left leg. Rigsby spent years fighting his personal demons before making the commitment that if God opened a door for him, he would go through it. He busted down those doors on his way to history making; setting three world records for a below-the-knee double amputee within 18 months. Prior to this, Rigsby had no formal swim training, no bike and had not run more than a mile on his prosthetics.
On October 13, 2007, after enduring the elements for 16 hours and 43 minutes, Rigsby became the first double amputee in the world to finish an Ironman distance triathlon with prosthetics at the 140.6-mile World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Rigsby navigated the difficult 2.4 mile ocean swim, cycled 112 miles through the heat and gusting winds of the Big Island lava fields, completed the marathon segment in darkness and intense pain. As a result of his accomplishments, Rigsby was awarded Competitor Magazine’s 2007 Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2007 Patient of Courage.
To expand his mission worldwide, Rigsby has formed the Scott Rigsby Foundation designed to inspire, educate and enable physically challenged people with loss of limb or mobility, to live an active lifestyle.