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Amy Purdy

Displaying the beauty of perseverance.

  • Sport
    PARA SNOWBOARDING
  • Birthdate
    NOVEMBER 7, 1979
  • Hometown
    LAS VEGAS, NV
  • Paralympics
    1

By the time she reached high school, Amy knew she wanted to snowboard for the rest of her life. But at 19, she contracted a dangerous infection, and her legs had to be amputated. “When I lost my legs, my passion was to return to snowboarding, but I had no plans to compete—I just wanted to ride with my friends again.” Only seven months after she received her prosthetic legs, Amy was back on the mountain. “As I got stronger and better, I began pushing my equipment and progressing to the point of competition.”

“We are all capable of so much, but oftentimes don’t realize it. I want to show that passion and hard work can make the impossible possible.”

The moment she discovered snowboarding was a Paralympic sport, she was driven to become the best snowboarder she could be. Her drive landed her a spot on Team USA during the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, where she won a bronze medal in snowboard cross. “To win a bronze in Sochi was a dream come true.” A trailblazer, Amy founded Adaptive Action Sports with her husband, Daniel Gale, to teach snowboarding to youth, young adults and wounded vets with physical impairments. Over the years, the organization gained momentum and successfully lobbied to make snowboarding an official sport in the Paralympic Winter Games 2014.

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