Quotes From The 2011 Ironman Arizona Pro Panel

  • By Liz Hichens
  • Published Nov 18, 2011
  • Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM UTC

Jordan Rapp on his crash back in March of 2010:
“The end of March of 2010 I was getting to race in Oceanside. I was coming off of a great season in 2009. That’s when I went from being okay at doing Ironman races to winning two and I thought ‘hey, I can make a go at this.’ Then there was a stretch there where I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to race again. I was riding and a car pulled out in front of me. I went trough a window, shattered the glass and severed two jugular veins. The guy left me there to bleed out on the road. A guy from the Point Loma Naval Base… Petty Officer Tom Sanchez, he’s actually in Spain right now and is deployed again. He basically stuck his hand inside my neck for about 10 minutes until the ambulance arrived and saved my life. After that it was 18 days in the hospital where all I could think about was never getting on my bike again. There’s nothing I thought I could change. I was out on a road that I thought was safe and it almost cost me my life…

“This race was really the race that defined me as an Ironman. I finished third here twice in 2008. Once because I think I let it slip away and once because I think I tried too hard to grab it. I think I won in 2009 because I learned those lessons. I think I cut my teeth as an Ironman on this course and it’s really special to me because of that. This will be my fifth time here and I can’t imagine doing anything else on the Sunday before Thanksgiving in November. When I crossed the line here in 2010, I think it was probably the most emotional finish that I’ve ever had and probably ever will have. I went from almost dead to back racing. I’ve heard people say ‘you’re lucky to be alive’ and I have a new perspective on what that means. I crossed the line in tears with Tom Sanchez there and my wife there who was pregnant at the time, and now we have my five-month-old son. I think it gave me a sense of how lucky we are to do this as a job.”

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Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens is the Web Editor of She is an Ironman and marathon finisher and fan of all endurance sports.

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