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Shay Eskew is an all-American/all-world-ranked IRONMAN triathlete, a burn survivor with scars covering 65 percent of his body, and a sought-after motivational speaker. At the age of eight, Shay was set afire by a neighbor’s child and endured over 35 surgeries over the last 36 years. Despite being told he’d never play sports again, Shay is living testament to the belief that anything is possible. Shay is a four-time IRONMAN, a four-time member of Team USA, and is ranked in the top 1 percent of Ironmen 70.3 athletes worldwide. He has competed in 10 triathlon world championships in seven countries on four continents, including the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. His mantra has always been to not merely be a “finisher,” but to be a “competitor.” Most importantly, Shay recently celebrated his fifteenth wedding anniversary and is the proud father of five kids under the age of 12.
What The Fire Ignited
Publication Date: November 2018
We all face obstacles. Whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or financial, we are all working to overcome a roadblock ahead of us. When Shay Eskew’s roadblock―a splash of gasoline and a lit match that set his body ablaze―came as a child, he had the choice to either succumb to his injuries or to rise above them. In What the Fire Ignited: How Life’s Worst Helped Me Achieve My Best, Shay shares the trials and tribulations he was forced to face while recovering from his burns and reclaiming his life as an athlete. Despite being told to give up on sports, Shay began training for and competing in IRONMAN triathlons. By sharing his story, Shay hopes to help those struggling with life to realize the greatest tragedies are often our greatest blessings if we have the faith to stay the course. We are all facing something; we all have the odds stacked against us in some way. In What the Fire Ignited, readers should take comfort in knowing others have been there and not only survived, but thrived.