The Heroes: Jeremy Glick
In many ways, the hijackers on Flight 93 were unlucky compared to their counterparts on the other planes. First, there were only four hijackers on that plane, as compared to the others which all had five men. Second, the plane was delayed at the gate, meaning that the passengers found out what had happened to the other planes well before their own plane reached its intended destination.
And third, they were extremely unfortunate in terms of the people they faced on the plane. Several of the passengers were athletes. Probably the most athletic was Jeremy Glick, who had won a national collegiate judo championship
in 1993:Nagayasu Ogasawara's jaw dropped when he saw Jeremy Glick at the 1993 national collegiate judo championships in San Francisco. Ogasawara was coaching Army's team; Glick, a college senior, was at the tournament alone, competing independently.
"He had no team. He had no coach," said Ogasawara, who had taught Glick judo from the age of 7 until he left for college. "So I said, 'OK, I'll coach you.' "
Glick went on to win the title.
His daughter, shown in the photo, is now five years old.