Podcast: Podcast: Ultraman and Ironman Jason Lester becomes first triathlete to win ESPY
Posted Jul 17 2009 10:03pm
Ironman and Ultraman Jason Lester overcame the odds this week to win the ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability presented by ESPN. The ESPY Awards is an annual sports awards event created and broadcast by American cable television network ESPN to annually honor excellence in sports.
“To be honest, I thought he had won and I wanted him to win,”
Lester said about South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius who was favorite to win the award.
When he was just 12-years-old Jason Lester was riding his bike when he
was hit by a car traveling 80 miles per hour and thrown 130 feet in the
The accident left him without the use of one of his arms.
But would that stop Lester from completing the 10K swim that marks the start of the Ultraman race in Hawaii? Of course not.
He' s lived his entire life with adversity and swimming 10K with one
arm, well, that' s just another hurdle to overcome---like making a movie
about his extraordinary life, or getting ready to run across the United States.
Roman Mica had a chance to speak with Lester just a few weeks after he completed the 2008 Ultraman race in Hawaii.
Click HERE to listen to that podcast and conversation now.