Amy Purdy is a celebrity among the X-Games crowd. As a double amputee and competitor snowboarder, she is the highest ranked female adaptive snowboarder in the world and is currently training for the US Paralympic Snowboard team.
Amy lost both of her legs at the age of 19 after contracting a form of bacterial meningitis. The disease affected her circulatory system so her legs (below the knee), spleen, and kidney were all removed. Throughout the process, Amy never cried or felt sorry for herself.
“My parents (cried), but I didn’t. When you have no other choice, you just have to suck it up, you know?”
It was less than seven months after receiving her prosthetic legs that Amy began snowboarding. “When you’re passionate for something, nothing can stop you,” she told ABC News. And did she ever snowboard. Amy claimed three World Cup gold medals in adaptive snowboarding. Along with her boyfriend, Daniel Gale, Amy founded Adaptive Action Sports to offer “physically challenged people a chance to experience for themselves what extreme sports have to offer.”
Now Amy and Gale have set off on a new adventure as contestants on this season’s The Amazing Race, which premiered last Sunday night. It’s a global platform for them to share their message of “Living Beyond Limits” to a new audience. At Compete Every Day, we fully support pushing new limits and realizing with the right attitude, you’ll never reach a limit. We cannot wait to cheer on Amy and Daniel this season on TAR.
See Amy’s TEDx Talk “Living Beyond Limits” by clicking here.