My Favorite Athlete (JESSE KURTZ)

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

As a Sports Reporter, I am often asked "who is my favorite athlete." I finally have my answer and the video to prove it.

As a Sports Reporter, I am often asked "who is my favorite athlete."   I grew up a big Cal Ripken Jr. fan.  I also liked Greg Maddux, John Elway, Dan Marino, Joe Sakic and Wayne Gretzky. 


My favorite athlete of all time is....  Jim Kurtz, my father.

In 2006, he won a gold medal as a Triathlete in the National Transplant Games in 2006.  He did so less than a year after receiving a liver transplant when his liver became littered with Cancer.  The surgery was brutal, and the recovery was worse.   Fighting through chemo and radiation treatments, my dad continued to exercise.  As a former athlete, keeping "fit" was very important to him.  During his treatment, he learned of an Olympic-style competition that was held every two years for transplant patients called "The Transplant Games."  He was in!  My dad started to swim, bike and run with a goal of competing as a Triathlete.  Not only did he compete, he won the national GOLD MEDAL!  I have never been so proud of anyone in my life!

In 2008, the Cancer returned.  My dad died on June 28, 2008.

Last night, I finally got the courage to dig up the video I edited for him after he won his gold medal.  It was the first time I watched it since he died.  It brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye.  I am posting this video exactly two years after his death (the link is below).

I wanted to finally share it with all of you because I finally have the answer to the question, "Who is my favorite athlete?"

Without question, it's Jim Kurtz.  My dad.


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