On November 22nd, 2009, Jordan Rapp set a course record in winning the Ford Ironman Arizona triathlon.
Four months later, he was nearly killed in a horrifying Camarillo hit-and-run, suffering two severed jugular veins, losing over two liters of blood and shattering his face, collarbone and shoulder when he broadsided a truck that turned into the path of his bike. Authorities believe the suspect in the case, Marco Garcia-Ortiz, may have fled to Mexico.
This Sunday he’ll defend his championship in Tempe, Arizona.
And the man who saved his life will be watching.
Update: Rapp not only completed the race today, he nearly made the podium by finishing fourth — capping an amazing comeback over the past eight months. I may just have a new hero.