Amy Purdy

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Amy Purdy
Personal information
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Born (1979-11-07) November 7, 1979 (age 34)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Cimarron-Memorial High School
Occupation Actress and snowboarder
Website Official website
Partner Daniel Gale

Amy M. Purdy (born November 7, 1979) is an American actress, model, world-class snowboarder and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, professional motivational speaker, clothing designer, author and dancer.

Life and career[edit]

At age 19, Amy Purdy contracted Neisseria meningitis, a form of bacterial meningitis.[1] The disease affected her circulatory system when the infection led to septic shock;[2] both of her legs had to be amputated below the knee, she lost both kidneys,[3] and her spleen had to be removed.[1] Sepsis is when an infection (any infection) causes an inflammatory response, leading to organ failure or clinical shock,[4][5] and is a common cause of death.[6] In Purdy's case, she went into septic shock in less than 24 hours of getting sick. Doctors gave Purdy only a 2% chance to survive since her sepsis was so advanced.[7] Two years later, she received a kidney transplant from her father.[1]

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, and 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.[1] Later in 2003, Purdy started working for Freedom Innovations, a prosthetic feet manufacturer, as its "Amputee Advocate".

She has gone on to co-found her own non-profit organization, Adaptive Action Sports,[8] a chapter of Disabled Sports USA[9] for individuals with physical disabilities who want to get involved in action sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing) or art and music.[1][10]

In 2005, Purdy made her film debut in What's Buggin Seth, a movie by Eli Steele. In May 2011, Amy was also featured in a well-regarded TED video entitled "Living Beyond Limits.".[11] Other videos to watch about Amy's background also can be found on the internet.;[12][13]

Television appearances[edit]

In 2012, Purdy and her partner Daniel Gale[14] participated on the 21st season of The Amazing Race. They were the second team eliminated and finished in 10th place out of 11 teams.[15]

On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Purdy was 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. Purdy went on to win the bronze medal in Snowboard Cross in the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

Purdy was a contestant on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Paired with five-time champion Derek Hough.[16] Purdy and Hough made it to the finals and finished second behind Meryl Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

On June 9, 2014, Purdy appeared on CBS's The Price Is Right as a guest model. [17]

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Counting Stars" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Swing / "Swing Set" (Jurassic 5) 8 8 8 Safe
3 Contemporary / "Human" 9 9/91 9 Safe
42 Salsa / "Brand New" 9 8/83 9 No Elimination
5 Waltz / "So This Is Love" 9 9/104 9 Safe
6 Jive / "Shout" 9 105/9 10 Safe
7 Rumba / "Light My Fire"
Team Loca (Freestyle) / "Livin' la Vida Loca"
8 Argentine Tango / "Heart Upon My Sleeve"
Celebrity Dance Duel (Jive) / "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That"
9 Quickstep / "You Can't Hurry Love"
Jazz / "Too Darn Hot"
10 Salsa / "Ran Kan Kan"
Freestyle / "Dare You"
Argentine Tango & Cha-cha-cha Fusion / "Rather Be"
1Score from guest judge Robin Roberts
2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up", Purdy did not perform with Derek Hough and instead performed with Mark Ballas.
3Score from guest judge Julianne Hough.
4Score from guest judge Donny Osmond.
5Score from guest judge Redfoo.
6Scores from guest judge Ricky Martin.
7Scores from guest judge Abby Lee Miller.
8Score from guest judge Kenny Ortega.


  1. ^ a b c d e Jensen, Adam (September 5, 2009). "Disabled Athletes Adapt". Tahoe Daily Tribune. Retrieved February 13, 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Meet the Athletes". PBS. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Amy Purdy: A bionic fembot's road to Sochi". Summit Dailey. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Definition of Sepsis". Sepsis Alliance. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sepsis". Wikipedia. 
  6. ^ "Deaths from Sepsis". Wikipedia. Retrieved Mar 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Passion, Perseverance Lift Amy Purdy". espnW. Retrieved Mar 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Adaptive Action Sports website
  9. ^ Disabled Sports USA chapters website
  10. ^ Hughes, Stuart (March 22, 2006). "Back on Board". BBC. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Living Beyond Limits". TED Talks. Retrieved May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Pop! Tech". Youtube. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ Vans. "Pass the Bucket". YouTube. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Amy Purdy's partner in crime Daniel Gale". Fabwags. February 20, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (March 4, 2014). "Dancing With the Stars Cast Revealed! Cody Simpson, Nene Leakes and James Maslow Are Among the Names—See the Full List!". EOnline. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ The Price Is Right. Season 42. Episode 6771K. 09 June 2014. CBS.

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