PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Team USA and Team Toyota’s Amy Purdy tallied a silver medal in the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, competing in the women’s snowboard cross event on Monday, March 12.
Purdy advanced to the snowboard cross finals, crossing the finish line in second to capture her second-career Paralympic Medal.
“When I was standing in the start gate, I was thinking to myself that I just want to ride well, show what’s possible and do my best,” Purdy said. “I think I was able to do that, which I’m really proud about. I’m thrilled to have upgraded my bronze medal from Sochi.”
Purdy began snowboarding seven months after receiving leg prosthetics at the age of 19, later becoming a bronze medalist in Sochi. A Dancing with the Stars finalist in 2014 and New York Times best-selling author, Purdy is also the cofounder of Adaptive Action Spots (AAS), an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities.
In March of 2015, the International Olympic Committee announced Toyota as a TOP (The Olympic Partner) Programme partner in the newly created mobility category through 2024. In addition to its relationship with the IOC, Toyota is also a Proud Partner of the International Paralympic Committee and Team USA and supports: the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association; US Speedskating; U.S. Figure Skating; USA Hockey and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing; and U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding.
Toyota launched its ‘Start Your Impossible’ campaign in November 2017, highlighting Toyota’s mission to create a barrier-free society and reinforce the company’s values of humility, hard work, overcoming challenges, and never giving up. Team Toyota highlights these values as its U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes serve to demonstrate the ultimate discovery of one’s true potential throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.