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PURDY Amy
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age39
Place of BirthLas Vegas, NV, USA
Height1.70 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Daniel Gale
Residence
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Author, Businessperson, Designer, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up snowboarding at age 15 and began competing professionally in Para snowboard at age 30.
Why this sport?
Having been a snowboarder before her illness, she was determined to find a way to continue in the sport.
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Exploring the outdoors, writing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, cooking. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (actioncam.sony.com, 14 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her husband Daniel Gale. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Injuries
She spent eight days in hospital in November 2016 with rhabdomyolysis, a condition caused by unwanted proteins in the bloodstream. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 29 Nov 2017)

An injury forced her to miss the start of the 2016/17 season. She returned to competition at the 2017 NorAm Cup event in Twin Bridges, CA, United States of America. (paralympic.org, 27 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never allow defeat to defeat you. You become truly disabled when you choose not to overcome your obstacles." (amypurdy.com, 01 Mar 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 25 Jan 2016)
Impairment
At age 19 she was rushed to hospital in a state of septic shock due to meningitis. On the way, she experienced respiratory and multiple organ failure. Combined with a blood condition, this resulted in the circulation to her feet, hands, nose, ears and kidneys being cut, and led to her lungs and adrenal glands haemorrhaging. After losing 26 pints of blood and having her ruptured spleen removed, she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and was in a coma for three weeks. Doctors also had to amputate both her legs below the knee. She was the first person in Las Vegas, NV, United States of America, in 20 years to contract that particular strain of meningitis and survive. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013; amypurdy.com, 01 Mar 2012; redbull.com, 04 Feb 2012)
Other information
HIATUS
She did not compete during the 2014/15 season due to her non-sporting commitments, which included motivational speaking, writing, television appearances, and starting her own clothing line. (paralympic.org, 25 Jan 2016)

ADAPTIVE ACTION SPORTS
In 2004 she and her husband Daniel Gale founded the non-profit Adaptive Action Sports organisation, the first adaptive snowboard and skateboard specific organisation of its type in the United States of America. It provides sports camps, events and programmes for youth, young adults, and wounded veterans living with a permanent physical impairment. (paralympic.org, 25 Jan 2016; amypurdy.com, 01 Mar 2012)

TV APPEARANCES
In 2012 she teamed up with her husband Daniel Gale to appear on 'The Amazing Race' television show, in which contestants travel across three continents and take part in challenges such as abseiling. She also appeared on 'Dancing with the Stars' in 2014, finishing second with her dance partner Derek Hough. (insidethegames.biz, 04 Jan 2015; teamusa.org, 07 Nov 2014, 26 Jan 2014; globeandmail.com, 23 Apr 2012; usatoday.com, 30 Sep 2012)

BOOK RELEASE
In January 2015 she released her autobiography named 'On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life'. (teamusa.org, 26 Jan 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing  
  2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  DNS
3 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:27.93
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 2:14.29
2 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
3 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:05.40
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:13.27
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
3 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
2 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:25.15
2 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:38.94