Triathlon Athlete Overcomes Unlikely Obstacles

3 years 3 weeks 4 days ago May 01, 2013 May 1, 2013 Wednesday, May 01 2013 Wednesday, May 01, 2013 5:09:00 PM CDT in Sports
By: Karl Roskamp

COLUMBIA - Poor health and a life threatening accident would keep most people from their goals. KOMU 8's Karl Roskamp explains how one Columbia man hurdles these obstacles and much more.

Tony Rigdon is now one of the best athletes in Columbia. He hasn't always been able to run over the competition though. That's because in 2001, at age 26, Rigdon was 40 pounds overweight and living in his parents' basement. Things started to change after his friends convinced him to run a 5k.

Rigdon explained, "It was a small enough field where I ended up getting third place and got this little trophy. That was really kind of motivating." Since then, Rigdon has raced nearly every distance including marathons.

But he's making a splash in a different way. With cap and goggles in place,the recently engaged Rigdon also swims. But it's a sport he had to ease into. "Is swimming your least favorite? Ah yes.."

That's because it's a necessary evil of his true passion... triathlons. Soon enough, winning became part of the cycle. Rigdon won 43 events in his first 10 years of racing. He nearly lost everything during one bike ride though. "I don't remember any of it. This is all what I've been told." Rigdon was hit by a car during the bike portion of a triathlon in 2006. He suffered a fractured jaw, eye socket and hand, but survived. Rigdon has since made a full recovery and returned to racing for one big reason. "I love to compete," he said.

Rigdon's race will be on Sunday at the Trizou Triathlon. He expects to win.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - You expect hospitals to be accredited and your school to be accredited, so why not public health?... More >>
44 minutes ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced on Thursday an underground cave is the home... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:19:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Back in December 2015, KOMU 8 News got a tip about how the Columbia Goodwill Store off Grindstone... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri Senate staffer has begun reviewing Planned Parenthood's internal records, including procedures for fetal tissue... More >>
2 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:05:58 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN - On May 22, 2011, 1,308 pets who lost their homes in a matter of seconds when the Joplin... More >>
2 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 4:41:57 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Window washers at MU Women's and Children's Hospital dressed as superheroes Thursday morning. Batman, Superman and Spiderman... More >>
3 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) expects a lot more traffic to hit the roadways this Memorial... More >>
3 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – With Memorial day just around the corner, people will be hearing from veterans charities. The Better Business Bureau... More >>
3 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican legislative leaders and more than 100 others say they oppose the Obama administration's directive... More >>
4 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:19:55 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former state lawmaker is suing over an associate University of Missouri law professor and attorney... More >>
4 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:13:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County prosecuting attorney charged a man in the shooting deaths of two men last September. ... More >>
4 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Two people received minor injuries after their car slid into a ditch early Thursday morning. The... More >>
5 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury ordered Monsanto and three other companies to pay more than $46 million... More >>
5 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:40:42 PM CDT in News
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University demoted school President Ken Starr and fired football coach Art Briles on Thursday, issuing... More >>
5 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:36:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities are monitoring high water levels along the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in southwest Missouri to... More >>
7 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:28:03 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Central Missouri Humane Society is adding a cat camera to the shelter, allowing people to look at... More >>
8 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:12:00 AM CDT in News
PINEVILLE (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has been convicted of in the death of a man who was shot... More >>
9 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:44:49 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A tree caught on fire after being struck by lightning early Thursday morning. The Columbia Fire Department... More >>
9 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:27:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
8pm 79°
9pm 76°
10pm 74°
11pm 72°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
Strong
8:00p
Red Nose Day
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
The Flash
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Strong
8:00p
Red Nose Day
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
The Flash
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld