Amy Purdy (Amelia Michelle Purdy) is an American actress, model, skydiver, motivational speaker, clothing designer, and author. She is a silver medalist at the 2018 Paralympics, a bronze medalist at the 2014 Paralympics and also a co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports.
AMY PURDY AGE
Amelia Michelle Purdy was born on November 7, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. He is 39 in 2018.
DANIEL GALE AMY PURDY | AMY PURDY’S WEDDING | AMY PURDY HUSBAND
Amy got married to her 14-year-old boyfriend, Daniel Gale at The Barn in Boise, Idaho, with about 160 witnesses in attendance.
AMY PURDY SNOWBOARDER
He started snowboarding seven months after receiving prosthetic legs. Amelia finished third in a snowboarding competition at Mammoth Mountain about a year after her legs were amputated. Eventually it received funding from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a non-profit organization.
Amelia was able to compete in several snowboarding competitions in the United States thanks to the scholarship. Amelia was recruited by CAF as a spokesperson in 2013 and moved to San Diego to be closer to the CAF headquarters. She then continued her pre-amputee profession as a massage therapist in San Diego. Amelia has been involved in the modeling and acting industry. She then played a model in a Madonna music video in February 2003.
Amy started working for Freedom Innovations, a prosthetic foot manufacturer, as her ‘Amputee Advocate’ later in 2003. Amy also founded her non-profit organization, Adaptive Action Sports. It is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA for people with physical disabilities who want to get involved in action sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing) or art and music.
AMY PURDY TV CAREER
With her husband Daniel, Purdy participated in the 21st season of The Amazing Race in 2012. They finished 10th out of 11 teams and were the second team to be eliminated.
It was in a one-hour special on NBC television titled How to Raise an Olympian on February 5, 2014. The show was presented by Meredith Vieira and featured the travels of seven US Olympians and included interviews with parents and coaches. This was along with home videos and childhood photos of each athlete.
She appeared on CBS’s The Price Is Right as a guest model on June 9, 2014. She also starred in a Super Bowl commercial for the Toyota Camry in 2015. She drove the Toyota Camry to the 57th race of the Daytona 500 on February 22, 2015.
On September 13, 2015, Amy was a celebrity judge at the 2016 Miss America pageant. She was also a host on TLC’s ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ in 2015 and the episode premiered on 4/1/2016.
AMY PURDY DANCING WITH THE STARS | AMY PURDY DWTS
Amy was a contestant in Dancing with the Stars season 18. He paired with five-time champion Derek Hough and was also the first double amputee contestant to appear on the show. Derek was, at the time, fresh from winning his fifth Mirrorball trophy and had no plans to return to the show. However, Hough changed his mind when Purdy joined the show as a contestant.
Amy has been highly praised for her fast learning skills, immense natural dancing ability, incredible stamina and also passion and for being a role model. Amy has never received any score below 8 despite having no legs. After playing Argentine tango, Amy received her first perfect score (40 out of 40). This is despite
having an intense back injury the week before.
Amy was consistently deemed confident to advance to the next week and even reached the finale with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis and actress Candace Cameron-Bure. Eventually she finished second to Davis, and then Bure took third place.
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HOW DID AMY PURDY LOSE HER LEGS | AMY PURDY STORY
Amelia contracted Neisseria meningitidis, a form of bacterial meningitis at the age of 19. This disease affected his circulatory system when the infection led to septic shock and both legs also had to be amputated below the knee. He also lost both kidneys and his spleen was also removed. Her chances of survival were very low with doctors giving her 2%.
AMY PURDY NET WORTH
Through her acting career in “Madonna”, “San Diego”, “Light of My Life” and “Septic Shock”, Amy has acquired a fair amount of wealth. However, its exact value has not yet been established.
QUOTES BY AMY PURDY
Some of Amy’s quotes include:
- I have two leg prostheses. This is my life; what should i do with it? And it put me on this amazing journey. I can look back and be completely grateful and say that I would never want to change anything.
- We all have things that limit us and that challenge us. But in reality, our true limits are what we believe in.
- I always say snowboarding saved my life. It gave me a reason to focus on the future; gave me something to be passionate about.
- My motivation is not to try to inspire, but rather to do things that inspire me and hopefully spread to others.
- If you want something serious enough and work hard enough, anything is possible.
- I was on my deathbed and I remember holding on to these words: ‘Don’t be afraid. You’re going to have a great life, ‘and I did.