Leah Goldstein has never let anything get in the way of her achieving her goals. No matter how impossible they seemed to everyone around her.
As a young girl, she wanted to be Bruce Lee. Growing up in Vancouver, B.C. with new immigrant parents, Leah was bullied because of her accent and a limp. She learned the concept of fight or flight early and realized for many, we don’t do either but instead, we freeze. The day she chose to fight instead of flee her bullies, she realized facing her problems made them disappear. When she attained the World Kick Boxing Champion title at 17, her focus became to become James Bond. She enlisted in the Israeli Defense Force and became the first female Elite Commando instructor who transitioned into a special-forces unit, combating terrorism and violent crimes.
The extreme lifestyle of the secret police took its toll, and she decided to move back to Canada and found her salvation on a bicycle. She was told she was too old to compete but she defied the odds and started winning races. A life changing cycling accident in 2005 and the massive pain involved in healing and retraining derailed her cycling goals as she was told she could never compete again.
Leah used her trademark mental endurance to train on her own and went on to win one of the world’s most excruciating physical challenges – the Ultra Endurance, 3000 Mile Race Across America. Despite Shermer’s Neck on Day 4, Leah won in her category in RAAM (Race Across America) , with her head tied back by her hair in intolerable pain for 8 days. Her goal in the RAAM 2021 race was to break her previous record, but she made history as the first female solo cyclist to be the overall winner in this grueling 3,000 mile (4,800km) long endurance race, with a time of 11 days 3 hours and 3 minutes, at an average speed of 11.8mph.
Leah’s is a story of the will to succeed, the commitment and resilience to reach your dreams and to live a life with NO LIMITS. Leah shares an inspiring message of strength, perseverance, and the determinant will to never give up and empowers all who hear her to push past their limits.
Leah volunteers her time to encourage women and youth. Her Self Defense training equips them with necessary skills to defend themselves and often it has even save their lives. Leah supports At Risk Youth Boys and Girls Clubs.
Leah’s personal memoir, “No Limits” was published in 2015. No Limits sweeps its readers into the mind of a champion – battling bullies, sexism, terrorism and more.
In 2021 a documentary about her incredibly inspiring life story will be released.