Jamie Whitmore at the 2011 XTERRA U.S. Championships. Photo: XTERRATwo-time XTERRA world champion Jamie Whitmore shares her life lessons and future sporting plans with Glamour magazine.
By the age of 31, Jamie Whitmore was the most decorated off-road triathlete of all time. That all changed within months when Jamie was stricken with cancer and told she would never be able to race again.
While Whitmore was a talented athlete, competing in triathlons, racing mountain bikes, and becoming the most successful female athlete in XTERRA triathlon history with 37 wins, six national titles, and one world title—nothing compared with the battle that is cancer. There were surgeries (the removal of her left gluteus), radiation, chemotherapy, infections (including damage to the sciatic nerve), and paralysis of muscles near her ankle that left Whitmore fighting for her life.
And yet, she survived. She not only survived but thrived, accepting her new reality as not enough reason to prevent her from...