Amy Purdy began snowboarding six months after she contracted bacterial meningitis and lost her legs at the age of 19. Just six months after that, she finished third in a snowboarding competition at California’s Mammoth Mountain.
Purdy co-founded Adaptive Action Sports (AAS) in 2005 with her husband, Daniel Gale. AAS is dedicated to introducing people with physical challenges to action sports and helped train over half of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Snowboard team. In addition to her work with AAS, Purdy played an instrumental role in adaptive snowboarding being included in Sochi 2014. She also worked with AAS and Toyota to bring the adaptive division to Winter Dew Tour where AAS currently runs the event.
In 2014, Purdy inspired millions of fans with her performances on ABC’s “Dancing with The Stars” and eventually finished runner-up in the event. She went on to author the New York Times best seller “On My Own Two Feet” and was one of Oprah’s Top 100 Influencers and “SuperSoul Sunday” guests. Now, Purdy travels the world as a motivational speaker, which started with a highly-viewed “Ted Talk” that has been viewed by millions. She was also featured in Toyota’s Super Bowl commercial that aired in 2015.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Currently Resides: Summit County, Colorado
Birthdate: November 7, 1979
Social Media: Twitter: @AmyPurdyGurl; Instagram: @AmyPurdyGurl; Facebook: AmyPurdyGurl
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Paralympic History: 2014, 2018
- Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, silver (snowboardcross), bronze (banked slalom)
- Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, bronze (snowboardcross)
- 2018 Dew Tour, silver (banked slalom)
- 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships (bronze, banked slalom)
- 2012 World Para Snowboard Championships (silver, snowboardcross)
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