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Amy Purdy

Top-Ranked Adaptive Snowboarder in the U.S.

At 19, after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Amy was rushed to the hospital and doctors diagnosed Amy with Meningococcal Meningitis, a vaccine preventable bacterial infection. Due to the lack of circulation she had suffered doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. Just three months after her kidney transplant, Amy entered the USASA National Snowboarding Championship where she won medals in three events.  After going through this life-altering experience, Amy challenged herself to move on with her life and attain goals that even those who have both legs struggle to achieve. Today, she is the most decorated Paralympic snowboarder in US history and a three-time Paralympic Medalist. She is the only double leg amputee competing at the world class level.

Amy’s story and images have been featured in numerous national and international publications, and in 2012 she and her longtime boyfriend (now husband), Daniel Gale, raced around the world on The Amazing Race.  In the Spring of 2014, Amy inspired millions of fans with her stunning performances on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, eventually becoming the show’s runner up. Later that year she toured the country sharing her remarkable story alongside Oprah Winfrey, as part of Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour.  In 2015 she released her autobiography, On My Own Two Feet, which quickly became a New York Times Best Seller and is now published around the world.

This past March of 2018, Amy returned to the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, Korea, where she won silver and bronze medals.

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