My name is Michael Somsan and I am a totally blind triathlete. In 1995, I suffered a gunshot wound to the head while in the line of duty which left me totally blind. I have the great honor of being selected as one of five physically challenged athletes to compete in this year’s Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on October 8th.
First and foremost, I am a single dad, and live my life as a role model and inspiration for my two daughters. Our family motto is, “never give up and never be defeated!” and we live by those words every day.
I am also a retired First Lieutenant from the United States Army. My legacy is about helping others and giving back. As a lawyer, I volunteer my time in the community through the Modest Means Legal Services program and serve our veterans with the Military Legal Assistance Project. In 2015, I was presented the “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage award from the United States Sports Academy for my continuing efforts to take on impossible challenges and make them possible.
In taking on those seemingly impossible challenges, I have watched my dreams come true, and have felt honored as I have inspired others to strive to make their “impossible” a reality as well. It is in our uncommon endeavors where the extraordinary can be discovered.