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Why does Kyrsten Sinema limp? Senator struggling with marathon injury

Olivia Olphin June 23, 2021
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Centrist Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema has been in the news lately after opposing the abolition of the filibuster in the US Senate. However, what many people noticed yesterday was not her political opinions but that she was walking with a limp. We share everything we know about how she got her leg injury.

Meet the Arizona Senator

Kyrsten Sinema was born on 12 July 1976 in Tucson, Arizona, and is 44 years old.

She comes from a working class background, and got a scholarship to attend Brigham Young University and Arizona State University, where she currently teaches.

Sinema chose to work with disadvantaged families in Arizona after graduating. She passed a law to aid veteran access to in-state tuition at Arizona’s public universities, she fought to end sex trafficking and campaigned for better education.

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She has been part of the US Senate since 3 January 2019 and will be in office until 3 January 2025.

Sinema was previously a member of the US House. She represented Arizona’s 9th Congressional District from 2013 to 2019.

Why does Kyrsten Sinema have a limp?

Many people have noticed that Kyrsten Sinema is limping at the moment, and are wondering whether she has had an accident.

This limp is due to an injury she sustained while running the Light At The End Of The Tunnel Marathon earlier this month.

Sinema clarified in an Instagram post that she had broken her foot while running in a dark tunnel during the marathon and couldn’t finish the race.

However, this injury has not deterred her from participating in future races. She hopes to run the Boston Marathon with her friends soon.

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According to Igor Bobic on Twitter Sinema has been calling her new leg contraption a “Mullet leg. Business in the front, party in the back”.

We wish Kyrsten Sinema all the best with her recovery.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.