Defying the Odds: Amy Purdy’s Inspirational Journey from Losing Her Legs to Olympic History
Elevate Your Potential Magazine
- Amy Purdy used a tragedy that took her feet (amputation) to push her to the next level. She teaches us to use obstacles not as a reason stop but as a springboard to new ideas.
Interview by Lewis Howes (School of Greatness)
About Amy Purdy
Amy has evolved into a powerful inspirational and motivational speaker who has been seen by millions of people and invited to share her story to audiences around the world. Amy’s TED x Orange Coast talk, “Living Beyond Limits” is the number one recommended video by TED x OC to incoming TED speakers formulating their own presentations.
Amy Purdy is a para-snowboarder, motivational speaker, clothing designer and New York Times bestselling author. She is a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, 2018 Paralympics silver medalist, and co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports. In 2013, She was named one of the top 15 most marketable para-athletes in the world by the International Olympic Committee.
Amy has competed on CBS’s The Amazing Race and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, eventually becoming the show’s runner-up. She has launched a line of clothing partnership with Element Eden. “The Amy Purdy Collection” and recently completed her first book New York Times Best Seller “On My Own Two Feet”.
Amy Purdy On Losing Limbs, Gaining New Perspective
After feeling a little sick at 19, Amy Purdy suddenly went into septic shock. She was rushed to the hospital, place into a coma and put on life support. She would likely die, doctors said. Purdy survived the bacterial infection. But her legs did not. Doctors amputated both legs below the knee.
Nevertheless, Amy used her new body not as an excuse but as an inspiration. She became a world-class snowboarder. A two-time Paralympic bronze medalist, and one-time silver medalist (making her the most decorated U.S. Paralympic snowboarder in history).
A model. An author. A competitor on Dancing with the Stars and The Amazing Race. An actress who has appeared in a Madonna music video. A motivational speaker who has shared the stage with Oprah. And a philanthropist who founded Adaptive Action Sports, which helps those with disabilities. | See full story here… forbes.com
- Amy Purdy talks about the power of imagination. She explains how our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make. Imagination allows us to break down borders, to move beyond our circumstances, to create and constantly progress.
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