In today’s edition of the "Good Stuff," para-athlete Minda Dentler proves that you can achieve the toughest of goals even in the face of adversity.
How? Well, she competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, until she crossed the finish line. It took her 14 hours and 40 minutes.
In this most difficult of endurance races, even the fittest, most practiced athletes routinely fail to finish. Now, imagine finishing it, without the use of your legs. That’s what Dentler did.
Paralyzed from contracting polio as an infant in India, Dentler was adopted by parents who she credits with instilling in her the will to be independent and achieve any goal.
Now she’s the first female para-athlete to officially complete the Ironman World Championship.
“I think the message is just to focus on the now and that's what I did throughout this race,” Dentler says about the accomplishment.
“I just focused on every moment, the next stroke, the next push on the hand cycle, to the next push on the wheelchair. All I cared about was finishing.”
A malfunction in key technology behind the Obamacare website left users unable to apply for health coverage late Sunday.
Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said a vendor networking issue at Verizon subsidiary Terremark was to blame. Peters said the vendor had "experienced a failure in a networking component," and the attempted fix crashed the system.
Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) spokesman Jeff Nelson said his company was working on the issue and it would be "fixed as quickly as possible."
The outage was the latest issue to hit the troubled HealthCare.gov. Since a disappointing debut on Oct. 1, some users have been unable to create accounts or sign up for coverage.
“Now, we expect Secretary Sebelius will get a lot of tough questions about this problem and all the others when she testifies before Congress on Wednesday,” CNN’s Athena Jones reports.
“And that's the same day the president heads to Boston to promote Obamacare.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Sunday it's still way too early to announce whether or not he's running for President in 2016.
Jindal, the head of the Republican Governors Association and a former congressman, said he wants to focus on "winning the war of ideas" before making a definitive decision on his presidential ambitions.
"As Republicans, we have a lot of races we have to win before then," Jindal said.
But, joined by a number of Republican leaders vying for attention on the right, Jindal isn’t the only political heavyweight possibly giving a preview of the possible match in 2016.
Meanwhile, “the former Secretary of State and First Lady, who celebrated her sixty-sixth birthday on Saturday, is starting to look a lot like someone picking up the pace for a presidential campaign with a series of speeches,” McPike says.
“Right after giving three speeches in just three days last week, Hillary Clinton announced she’ll speak again on women’s issues Friday night in Philadelphia” McPike says.
“But we can't forget Vice President Biden. He is laying low, not getting the same attention as Clinton. But he has been poking around Iowa a little bit, so it’s pretty clear he’s still got a little skin in the game.”