|Born||Amy M. Purdy
November 7, 1979
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Alma mater||Cimarron-Memorial High School|
|Occupation||Actress and snowboarder|
|Television||The Amazing Race 21 (2012)
Dancing with the Stars (2014)
|Parents||Sheri L. Purdy
Stephen L. "Stef" Purdy
Life and career
At the age of 19, Purdy contracted Neisseria meningitis, a form of bacterial meningitis. The disease affected her circulatory system and both of her legs had to be amputated below the knee and her spleen had to be removed. Two years later, she received a kidney transplant from her father. Her friends now refer to her by the nickname Lucky.
Purdy began snowboarding seven months after she received her leg prosthetics. About a year after her legs were amputated, she finished third in a snowboarding competition at Mammoth Mountain. Subsequently, she received a grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a non-profit organization. Through this grant, she was able to compete in several snowboarding competitions in the U.S.
In 2003, Purdy was recruited by the CAF as spokesperson. She moved to San Diego to be closer to the CAF headquarters. In San Diego, she continued her pre-amputee profession as a massage therapist. She also became involved in the modeling and acting industry. In February 2003, she played a model in a Madonna music video. Later in 2003, Purdy started working for Freedom Innovations, a prosthetic feet manufacturer, as Amputee Advocate.
She has gone on to co-found her own non-profit organization, Adaptive Action Sports, a chapter of Disabled Sports USA for individuals with physical disabilities who want to get involved in action sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing) or art and music.
On Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Purdy was featured in a one-hour special on NBC television titled How to Raise an Olympian. The program, hosted by Meredith Vieira, chronicled the journeys of seven U.S. Olympians and included interviews with parents and coaches along with home video and photos from each athlete's childhood.
Dancing with the Stars performances
|Week #||Dance/song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Cha-cha-cha / ""||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
- Jensen, Adam (September 5, 2009). "Disabled Athletes Adapt". Tahoe Daily Tribune. Retrieved February 13, 2010.[dead link]
- Adaptive Action Sports website
- http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/chapters/ Disabled Sports USA chapters website
- Hughes, Stuart (March 22, 2006). "Back on Board". BBC. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
- "Amy Purdy's partner in crime Daniel Gale". Fabwags. February, 20, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
- Kwiatkowski, Elizabeth (August 29, 2012). "'The Amazing Race 21' cast and new $2 million grand prize details announced by CBS". Reality TV World. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- Don Santos, Kristin (March 4, 2014). "Dancing With the Stars Cast Revealed! Cody Simpson, Nene Leakes and Ja". EOnline. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
- Official website
- Adaptive Action Sports homepage
- Amy Purdy on Blogger
- Amy Purdy on Facebook
- Amy Purdy at the Internet Movie Database
- Amy Purdy on Instagram
- Amy Purdy on Tumblr
- Amy Purdy on Twitter
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