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Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton was already competing in national surfing events prior to the shark attack. (AP)
Bethany Hamilton talks about the attack by a tiger shark. “I wasn’t that scared,” she says. “I didn’t think I was going to die or anything.” (AP)
Bethany Hamilton was stroking through the surf at daybreak last autumn when a tiger shark tore off her arm. (Noah Hamilton)
Bethany Hamilton surfs while wearing her prosthetic arm, which she says she doesn’t like.
FOR THE RECORD: Surfer —A photo caption accompanying an article on Bethany Hamilton in Tuesday’s Outdoors section erroneously said that the surfer was wearing a prosthetic arm. She was not. The photo was taken before the shark attack that cost Hamilton her arm.
 (Bernie Baker / Surfer magazine)
Bethany Hamilton, with Steven Curtis Chapman, keeps her faith center stage at the 35th Annual Gospel Music Awards in April. (John Russell / Getty Images)
Bethany Hamilton lights a cauldron at an Olympic qualifying event. (AP)
Bethany Hamilton catches a wave during a surfing competition in Hawaii. (AP)
Bethany Hamilton is one in a long line of anonymous outdoors enthusiasts thrust into the limelight by a brush with nature’s temper. (Noah Hamilton)
Bethany Hamilton has taken up snowboarding. (AP)
Bethany Hamilton’s courage captured people’s attention. She even has a website,, where visitors can donate to her fund. ()
Bethany Hamilton’s website is