Jeff Glasbrenner’s opportunity in life came on July 30th, 1980 at the age of 8 years old. On that day, Jeff was involved in a traumatic farming accident, leaving him a below the knee amputee. Most would call this a tragedy, but Jeff says it was his greatest opportunity. He chose to embrace this unique opportunity and has continually excelled at Wheelchair basketball, triathlons, and now rock climbing.
In wheelchair basketball, Jeff holds a National Championship scoring record with 63 points and 27 rebounds in one game. Jeff is a three-time Paralympian (2000 Bronze medal, 2004 and 2008 games) and a two-time World Champion (Gold Medal). In Triathlons, Jeff has competed in 24 ironman races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run). In 2010, to celebrate losing his leg 30 years ago at the age of eight, raced in eight ironman races in 8 months. In 2013, Jeff became the first physically challenged athlete to race and finish the Norseman Xtreme triathlon in Norway. This race is the most difficult triathlon in the world.
After moving to Colorado with his family in 2014, he really found the real outdoors . Jeff loves challenges and pushing his limits. He first Joined Paradox in late August. He enjoyed his first rock climbing experience with Paradox so much that he signed on to Climb the Grand Teton two weeks later. It was such an amazing experience that he set his sights higher – Jeff climbed Aconcagua (22,841 ft) in January 2015 with a Paradox supporter, and became the first American Amputee to summit Mount Everest on May 18th, 2016. Having the goal of climbing the 7 summits, Jeff believes that surrounding yourself with the right people/organization that you can accomplish any summit in life. Read more about Jeff’s past experiences in his book The Gift of a Day.
Check out Jeff’s personal blog here: http://teamglas.com/