Three-time Paralympic Snowboarding Medalist & Author
Amy Purdy has lived an incredible life. She grew up with the love of nature, health, wellness and travel. A passionate snowboarder, at 19, her life took a detour. After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Amy was rushed to the hospital in a state of septic shock, given less than a 2% chance of survival, put on life support and induced into a coma. After multiple blood transfusions, and the removal of her ruptured spleen, 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 knees. She later received a donated kidney from her father a week before her 21st birthday. 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. She is now the most decorated Paralympic snowboarder in U.S. history, having secured medals at both the 2014 & 2018 Paralympic Games, and gained national notoriety through a standout performance on Dancing With The Stars as the show’s first double amputee contestant. In addition to her athletic achievements, Amy is the author of the internationally acclaimed New York Times best-seller, On My Own Two Feet, and one of the top inspirational speakers in the world.