Amy Purdy has defied the odds throughout her life to accomplish some extraordinary things. She grew up with a passion for snowboarding and travel, and despite fighting for her life and losing both of her legs below the knees to Bacterial Meningitis at the age of 19 her passion for life carried her not only to the upper echelons of athletics but onto the dance floor of Hollywood and well, well beyond.
Amy is professional snowboarder and a three-time Paralympic medalist, making her the most decorated Paralympic snowboarder in US history. She is a NY Times best-selling author and a highly requested international motivational speaker and has toured with none other than Oprah Winfrey to packed arenas across the country. Amy was the subject of a critically acclaimed Super Bowl commercial, she very nearly won ( was the runner-up) on the ABC hit show Dancing with the Stars with her partner Derek Hough, and she went on to dance in front of hundreds of millions of viewers during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. In 2017 she took on the roll of Cultural Envoy where she traveled to Brazil on behalf of the Ambassador and Consult General bridging ties between the Brazil and the United States and inspiring women, youth and communities to live their best life. Amy's beauty inside and out has made her a household name through countless interviews, articles and public events. She has inspired millions of people through her TED talk, motivational speeches and social media platforms with her "Live Inspired" message.
Amy is highly experienced and requested professional corporate speaker. She has been a keynote speaker for some of the top brands in the world including Coca-Cola, Proctor and Gamble, Toyota, and countess others. Her TED TALK “Living Beyond Limits” talk went viral in 2011 and has been viewed over 1.5 million times and translated into over 30 different languages. Watch Amy speak: http://www.ted.com/talks/ amy_purdy_living_beyond_ limits
Amy is an experienced model who has been featured in numerous magazines and creative photography projects, including with both Madonna and Nikki Sixx. She has appeared in ad campaigns for Toyota, The Hartford, P&G, Duracell, Kelloggs, Element Skateboards, Coca-Cola and many others.
Amy is the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit organization which helps disabled youth, young adults and wounded veterans get involved with action sports. AAS was instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games.
DWTS Three days after winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics Amy became a breakout star of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. Inspiring the judges, fellow competitors, the professional dance staff and millions of fans, Amy delivered one stunning performance after another and was eventually the show’s runner up.
A highly experienced spokesperson, Amy has been featured in advertising campaigns for Toyota, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Kelloggs, The Hartford, Element, The U.S. Olympic Committee, NBC, Procter & Gamble, Duracell and others. She has performed hundreds of brand integrated interviews, SMTs, voice-overs, commercials and more.
In the fall of 2014, Amy partnered with one of her lifelong idols, Oprah Winfrey. She joined the media mogul on an eight-city national tour along with Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Iyanla Vanzant, Rob Bell and Mark Nepo as part of Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend” tour. Amy then went on to be interviewed on Oprah’s TV Show Super Soul Sunday and she was listed as one of Oprah’s Top 100 Influencers.
In January of 2015, Amy released her memoir, ‘On My Own Two Feet’ which soon thereafter became a New York Times Best Seller and is now available internationally in ten different languages.
Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on the ABC show Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: “You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it’s all going to make sense in the end.” In that moment, Amy chose to live.
'Her riveting memoir, On My Own Two Feet, is shot through with honesty, compassion, a sunny steeliness, and, above all, a sense of humor.'' -O, The Oprah Magazine
Super Bowl XLIX
In February of 2015, Amy was featured in a Toyota Super Bowl commercial featuring the legendary voice of Mohammed Ali Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjUfygo5mzw
On September 7, 2016 Amy performed as the featured dancer in the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. In a five minute solo dance, Amy’s performance was seen on television around the world by an estimated audience of over 300 million people.
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