Lindsay Nielsen's Biography

Lindsay Nielsen, a psychotherapist, writer, and acclaimed public speaker was the world’s first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman Triathlon. Representing the USA at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, she has held multiple track and distance world records. Lindsay has a captivating story and presence as evidenced by her featured appearances on Inside Edition and the John Walsh Show, local and national news programs, radio shows, and coverage in Sports Illustrated, Triathlon Times and newspapers across the country. Lindsay was named Disabled Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee in 1997 and Challenged Athlete of the Year by the Unites States Triathlon Association in 2004.

Good Housekeeping published an essay, One Foot in Front of the Other, in their July 2008 issue. She has contributed a chapter for the anthology Showing up Naked: Ten women reveal the unexpected events that shaped their lives, contributed an essay for Running for the Soul edited by Claudia Piepenburg, has an essay, Gifts in The Cup of Comfort for the Grieving Heart, and two essays in the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul; Runners, and has written multiple professional articles and book chapters related to Professional Boundaries and Ethics. The author is working on a full-length memoir slated for completion in the fall of 2010.

Recent Authorships

“Run For Me” will appear in Reader’s Digest, Fall, 2010. “Ironman” and “The New York Marathon After 9/11” in Chicken Soup for the Soul, July 2010. “Gifts” in Cup of Comfort for the Grieving Heart, December 2009. “One Foot in Front of the Other” in Good Housekeeping, July 2008. Lindsay also contributed an essay for Running for the Soul edited by Claudia Piepenburg, and has written multiple professional articles and book chapters related to Professional Boundaries and Ethics.

The author is working on a full length memoir slated for completion in the summer of 2010.

Lindsay, a recovering addict since 1976, graduated magna cum laude and holds a graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She has a full time psychotherapy and consulting practice, has been married for over thirty years, is the mother of three and in 2006 became a first time grandmother.