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Rudy Garcia-Tolson Nominated For ESPY

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Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson has been nominated for an ESPY award. Garcia-Tolson is the first-ever above-the-knee amputee to complete an Ironman-distance triathlon. Garcia-Tolson first attempted the distance at last October’s Ford Ironman World Championship. Garcia-Tolson barely missed the bike cut-off and was not allowed to start the marathon. He surprised many by showing up one month later at the Ford Ironman Arizona triathlon. He easily made the bike cut-off on the Tempe, Ariz. course and crossed the finish line in 16:06:27.

Garcia-Tolson was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd at the finish line in Arizona. Photo: Rich Cruse
Garcia-Tolson was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd at the finish line in Arizona. Photo: Rich Cruse

Other nominees in the Best Male Athlete with a Physical Disability category include Steve Cash (sled hockey) and Andy Soule (biathlon). Jason Lester became the first-ever triathlete to win an ESPY when he took home the award in the same category last year.

Voting begins today and runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10. Click here to vote.

Learn more about Rudy Garcia-Tolson in the following TriCenter episodes.

TriCenter: Rudy Completes Ironman Arizona

TriCenter: Rudy Garcia-Tolson Feature