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Amy Purdy

Author, World Class Snowboarder, Paralympic Medalist, Dancing With The Stars Finalist & Actress

On My Own Two Feet

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 highly experienced and requested professional speaker. Amy’s TED talk was chosen by the TED organization out of hundreds to be featured on the homepage of TED.com catapulting her speaking career into the national and international corporate speaking world. Currently her TED talk is distributed to new, incoming TED speakers as the #1 recommended sample presentation. It has been viewed millions of times and translated into multiple languages.

Since Amy’s TED Talk she has gone on to live an inspired and accomplished life pulling lessons along the way and sharing them with the world. in 2015 Amy toured with Oprah Winfrey across the country speaking to stadiums of 15,000 people plus during the Toyota sponsored “Life You Want” tour. Amy is an in demand speaker for Fortune 500 companies, organizations, special events, corporate retreats and more.

  • On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs To Learning The Dance Of Life

Hi Amy, I can’t tell you how much you surpassed our expectations with your closing keynote for UGM ’21 today! Your charisma and empathetic energy extended right into the office of every attendee It was NOT like watching a virtual event. It was like having a one-on-one conversation with you present in the room.
You clearly did the work to customize your presentation to our audience. To thank and encourage them. To discuss the benefits of telehealth. And mental health. It was simply a sensational hour. We were all riveted by your story of resilience, your enthusiasm, and your graciousness Your light really does shine incredibly bright.
Colleen Edwards Sr. Vice President, Marketing NextGen Healthcare

I finally have the ratings from our conference compiled and wanted to pass along Amy’s ratings and the comments on her presentation. Can you please pass these along to her? These are some of the best ratings we have ever had for a speaker. Amy was certainly a hit with our members. She couldn’t have been nicer to everyone who met her either. Whether it be walking to the session or at the book signing, she took time to chat with all.
Club Managers Association of America

Amy’s presentation was one of the major highlights of our event. She captured everyone in the audience with her amazing story. Our group was so inspired that she had thousands of people on their feet for a standing ovation not only at the end of her presentation, but IN THE MIDDLE of it! She was absolutely lovely and easy-going to work with. We loved how she connected with our audience and we have received lots of excellent feedback about her session.”
Le-Vel Brands LLC

Since Amy’s TED Talk she has gone on to live an inspired and accomplished life pulling lessons along the way and sharing them with the world. in 2015 Amy toured with Oprah Winfrey across the country speaking to stadiums of 15,000 people plus during the Toyota sponsored “Life You Want” tour. Amy is an in demand speaker for Fortune 500 companies, organizations, special events, corporate retreats and more.

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Biography

Amy’s Story

Amy Purdy has lived an incredible life. She grew up with the love of Nature, health wellness and travel. She was also a passionate snowboarder. At 19, her life took a detour. After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Amy was rushed to the hospital in a state of septic shock. When she entered into the hospital she was given less than a 2% chance of survival, put on life support and placed into a coma.

After multiple blood transfusions, and the removal of her ruptured spleen, doctors diagnosed Amy with Meningococcal Meningitis, a vaccine preventable bacterial infection. Due to the lack of circulation she had suffered, doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. She later received a donated kidney from her father a week before her 21st birthday.

After going through this life-altering experience, Amy challenged herself to move on with her life and attain goals that even those who have both legs struggle to achieve.She is one of the top ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world,the 2014 Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist and is currently the only double-leg amputee competing in snowboarding at the world-class level.

Amy’s creativity, positive outlook and her never-give-up attitude have opened doors to many other opportunities, including being featured in a Madonna music video, a lead actress role in an award-winning independent film and multiple creative modeling projects including a photo shoot with musician and artist Nikki Sixx where her legs were custom made from steel to look like ice picks.

Amy has evolved into a powerful inspirational and motivational speaker who has been seen by millions of people and invited to share her story to audiences around the world. Amy’s TED x Orange Coast talk, “Living Beyond Limits” is the number one recommended video by TED x OC to incoming TED speakers formulating their own presentations.

Amy’s story and images have been featured in numerous national and international publications, and in 2012 she and her longtime boyfriend, Daniel Gale, raced around the world on CBS’s The Amazing Race.

In May of 2013, Amy was named by the International Olympic Committee as one of the top 15 most marketable para-athletes in the world.

Although Amy has numerous accomplishments, she is most proud of co-founding Adaptive Action Sports with her husband Daniel Gale. Created in 2005, AAS is a non-profit organization that helps those with permanent disabilities get involved in action sports. AAS has partnered with ESPN and runs “adaptive” action sport competitions at the summer and winter ESPN X Games. These events were instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games.

In the spring of 2014, Amy inspired millions of fans with her stunning performances on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, eventually becoming the show’s runner-up.

Amy has launched a line of clothing partnership with Element Eden The Amy Purdy Collection” and recently completed her first book New York Times Best Seller “On My Own Two Feet”

Amy also recently shared her remarkable story alongside Oprah Winfrey, as part of Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour. Where she toured with Oprah sharing the stage through cities across America.

Amy was also featured in a Superbowl Commercial for her partner Toyota which aired just after kickoff. The commercial fettered Amy Running, Dancing, Snowboarding, modeling and speaking all to the voice of the great Mohammad Ali and his ” How Great I am” speech.

Presentations

Amy Purdy encourages us to take control of our lives, and our limits. The world fell in love with Amy as the incredible girl with bionic legs who managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the season 18 finale of Dancing with the Stars.

She reveals the powerful, moving story of her personal spiritual awakening as a result of a sudden and often fatal blood infection that caused her to lose both of her legs. Despite her grim prognosis, she was determined to not just beat the odds and walk again but to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality—and share that spirit with the world.

Amy seized her second chance at life and earned a bronze medal in adaptive snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Games.

Her story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to defy expectations and rewrite our own stories.

Areas of expertise

  • Diversity
  • Women’s Health
  • Extreme Sports
  • Sports Motivation
  • Disability
  • Storytelling
  • Overcoming Adversity
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