With a successful 2013 racing season behind him, new twin girls, a new home, and a 2014 racing season to plan, Jordan Rapp is sitting on top of the world. But it was only a few years ago that it almost all came to an end when a hit-and-run driver collided head-on with him while he was out on a ride at dusk near Point Mugu, Calif. While Rapp lay bleeding to death on the side of the road, Naval Chief Petty Officer Thomas Sanchez spotted the scene and sprang into action, providing the emergency medical treatment Rapp needed until the ambulance would arrive. Sanchez had no idea he had just saved a professional triathlete’s life, in fact, he knew very little about triathlon. Now years later, the Sanchez and the Rapp families have become quite close. At Rapp’s cover shoot for our February/March 2014 issue of LAVA Magazine, we had the two of them sit down and talk about when they officially met in the hospital, Rapp’s second-biggest gift he’s received from Sanchez after saving his life (hint: it involves Mexican food), as well as what it was like for Rapp when he recently got hit by another car while riding.