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First Female Wheelchair Athlete in the Ironman World Championship

Minda Dentler: Biography at a Glance

  • Minda Dentler is the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship.
  • Minda’s athletic journey began as a young adult when she discovered the sport of handcycling. Soon after, she threw herself into the sport of triathlon.
  • Her accomplishment in the Ironman World Championship led Minda to be nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award.
  • Minda now inspires people around the world to see beyond their fears and get up, set goals, and conquer their personal Ironman.
First Female Wheelchair Athlete in the Ironman World Championship

Minda Dentler is the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship.

Minda’s life is one of inspiration, courage and determination; she will have you on your feet ready to face your personal Ironman and setting even higher goals. As an infant in India, Minda contracted polio, resulting in the paralysis of her legs and was left in the care of an orphanage. Adopted by an American family, she moved to Spokane, Washington and underwent a series of surgeries on her hips, legs and back, which enabled her to walk with leg braces and crutches. Undeterred by her disability, she became an independent, educated woman with an intention and drive to face and overcome the many obstacles she has encountered throughout her life.

Minda’s athletic journey began as a young adult when she discovered the sport of handcycling.  Soon after, she threw herself into the sport of triathlon.  In 2013, Minda became the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship, in Kona, Hawaii. This accomplishment led Minda to be nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award.

This athletic feat was not easy, as a wheelchair triathlete; Minda completes all three disciplines of a triathlon with only her arms.  Her first attempt was a complete failure.  Her second attempt was a success due in part from her perseverance and her determination, but also her unique personal philosophy and ability to see beyond the setbacks and disability.

Minda now inspires people around the world to see beyond their fears and get up, set goals, and conquer their personal Ironman.  Every goal, athletic or personal goals require hard work and training.  Let her share with you her personal story. Minda is an athlete, speaker, polio survivor and advocate, a mom, and a force to be reckoned with.

Minda lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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