Steve Smith (aka: Steve-O) is one of the top ranked triathletes in the world for his age group (65-69). He has inspired so many by his achievements that begin with competing in 12 Kona Ironman World Championships of which 4 of these finishes were in the top 5 overall places for his age group. He also holds many National and World Triathlon Championship titles. Ranked "All-American" 15 times and "Grand-Master" Champion 3 times by USAT. Featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd". 2004 Masters Triathlete of the year. Beginning in 1983, he estimates he's has competed in at least 250 triathlons. He's been competing in triathlons before anyone even knew what a triathlon or the "Ironman" was.
Steve and Roxie moved from their long time home in South Bend, IN to their retirement home in Clermont, FL in Dec. 2011 to enjoy their golden years in warmth and sunshine for Roxie and the National Training Center for Steve. Tragically, Steve was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor in his right frontal lobe April 24th, 2012 while in the midst of training to qualify for his 13th Kona Ironman. April 25th, 96-98% of the tumor was removed at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Steve and Roxie currently reside at their retirement home in Clermont, FL where he receives treatment at MD Anderson, Orlando. March of 2013 his tumor returned and he began Avastin treatments. After 7 months of Avastin, his tumor started to progress again. He is currently being treated with a double dose of Avastin every 2 weeks in hopes of slowing this progression.
This blog is written by his daughter, Sarah Cira. He has 2 other "kids" Aaron Smith of Memphis TN and Molly Woody of Fishers, IN. He also has 6 beautiful grandchildren: Cole (9), Logan(7), Layne(4) Cira and Braylen(6), Malena(4) and Easton(2) Woody. He also claims 2 son-in-laws: Tom Cira and Josh Woody. We started this blog to keep friends and family updated on his progress and journey back to the starting line.
Since Steve-O is giving his fellow competors a break this season, I'm requesting everyone show your support for him by posting or emailing pictures of yourself supporting "Steve-O" during your race. You can post them to this site directly or email them to me at email@example.com and I will put them on this blog. He is really touched by all the support and appreciates it very much! Iron-UP!
Please visit www.racingforsteveo.org to learn more about his foundation that was started in his honor to help kids with special needs have opportunities to be involved in sports and athletics.