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Amy Purdy Biography

Birth Place:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Fast Facts

  • Contracted bacterial meningitis at age 19 and had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee; also lost her spleen and had a kidney donated to her by her father
  • Co-founded (with Daniel Gale) Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit that introduces sports to people with physical disabilities, in 2005
  • Appeared on The Amazing Race in 2012
  • Competed in the debut of snowboard cross at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia
  • Appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2014, partnered with Derek Hough
  • Tours as a motivational speaker