Bethany Hamilton became one of the great inspirational stories in professional sports when she returned to the pro surfing circuit after losing her left arm in a shark attack - at age 13. Remarkably,...
Lihue, Hawaii, USA
|The Biggest Loser||2013 2003 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
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|Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2012 2002 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
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|The 35th Annual GMA Music Awards||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Presenter||20037|
|The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards||2010 2009 - 2010||Presenter||n/a||1|
|The 2004 Teen Choice Awards||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Teen Choice Courage Award||20037|
|Soul Surfer||2011||Source Material||(from memoir: "Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family and Fighting to Get Back on the Board")||1|
|Soul Surfer||2011||Song||("Fire Within")||1|
|Soul Surfer||2011||Creative Consultant||Creative Surfing Consultant(Water Unit)||1|
|Finished second place in Billabong ASP World Junior Championship|
|Won first surfing competition|
|Published memoir "Soul Surfer"|
|"Soul Surfer," film adaptation of memoir, released|
|Won NSSA National Competition for surfing|
Hamilton was born in Lihue, Hawaii on February 8th, 1990. She took to surfing from an early age, winning her first championship when she was just 8 years old. On October 31st, 2003, Hamilton was surfing with a friend's family on a beach in Kauai when a tiger shark bit her left arm off. Hamilton's friend and her family managed to slow Hamilton's blood loss and got her to a hospital in time for surgeons to save her life. Despite the horrific injury, Hamilton was back on a surfboard a month later. The next year Hamilton published her memoir, Soul Surfer, which related the experience of the shark attack and how it affected Hamilton's philosophy about her life.
Hamilton's memoir brought her into a wider realm of visibility, as she appeared on many talk shows and news programs to relate her incredible, inspirational story. ESPN honored her with their award for Comeback Athlete of the Year in 2004, and it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking - the feature film adaptation of her memoir featured not just AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt but also Dennis Quaid and Carrie Underwood. The exposure from that film provided Hamilton with an even greater platform from which to spread her inspirational story - and all the while, of course, she has continued to surf competitively.
|Appeared on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting in 2011.|
|Appeared in a video for I Am Second, a Christian organization, in 2011.|
|"I don't really want people looking to me for inspiration. I just want to be a sign along the way that points toward Heaven." - from Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board|
|""Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what litle girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice." - from Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board|
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