“They always have a funny gay couple and a bickering married couple, and a father/daughter combo,” Reinertsen said of the show.
“So it was me, an amputee, and my friend who is a body builder and he’s also a certified prosthetist. He can fix my leg in any part of the world.” But there was one hitch, she says—the teammates had to pretend to be in love.
From an early age he played basketball, football and followed his older brother's footsteps onto the lacrosse field.
It was there, at age 11, that he tripped and fell -- a seemingly minor accident that changed his life."I came up limping really, really bad," he explains.
After talking with the group, they decided to help sponsor in the San Diego Triathlon Challenge, put on by CAF. Doctors showed her how to walk on her new leg, but the seven-year-old Sarah had no idea how to run on it.
Then her father introduced her to a woman who ran on her prosthesis.
“We were not really a dating couple, but the slot for the show was for a dating couple,” she said. We worked for the same company and inter-office romance is against the rules.” She said she gets along great with Harsch, but when he started yelling at her to motivate her, people got the wrong idea. “He treated me no differently than any of his other friends.
It started looking like, ‘Who is this guy yelling at the one-legged girl.’ Then it was like a relationship—that was never really there—unraveling on national TV.” And when the show is over, during televised interviews, she had to keep the schtick up, she says: “We played our parts, we answered the questions like, ‘We’re kind of sick of each other, but we’re making it work!
But the second, perhaps more important, point was that it is hard to spook a double leg amputee, who lost one of his limbs through gradual amputation after an 18-wheel truck crushed his car, causing its gas tank to explode, and left more than 65 per cent of his body burned. In 1978, when the accident occurred, Hall was 30 and working as a disc jockey for a radio station in Orange County, California.
When she and her fiance decided to settle down two months ago, Sarah Reinertsen knew she wanted to live in San Juan Capistrano. “For me as an athlete, I love the different trails around here you can run on. After running, swimming and bicycling for 15 straight hours, Reinertsen became the first person with an amputation above the knee to finish the grueling Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii in 2005.
Just the horse trails, the bike trails and sidewalks, there’s so much to explore. Now I feel like I need to take on horseback riding, too. She was on “The Amazing Race,” too, and lasted six episodes with colleague, prosthetist and bodybuilder Peter Harsch.
Despite these challenges Tommy has remained active, digging spuds and cutting timber, with the help of local farmers.
He gets around with the aid of an adapted "bubble car" and tricycle.