Amy Purdy
Meet Amy Purdy


November 7, 1979

Known for

Paralympic snowboarder and actress

Medals won

Bronze (2014 Winter Paralympics)

Amy Purdy (born November 7, 1979) is an American Paralympic snowboarder and actress. She competed at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi and eventually won the bronze medal in women's para-snowboard cross. She lost her legs due to meningitis at the age of 20. There was just a slim chance of Purdy surviving after losing her legs. After that, she almost died; but got a kidney transplant instead.


A couple of days later, Purdy flew back to the United States to compete on the eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. By the virtue of competing on DWTS, she was the first amputee to ever compete on the show. She made it to the final two but lost to fellow 2014 Olympian and ice skater Meryl Davis.


Purdy was a favourite to win Ben and Toad's Contest in season 6. She made the final eight and played IndyCar points leader Juan Montoya in the quarterfinals. Purdy retired while trailing 5-2 in the first set. After that shock loss to underdog Colombian Montoya, Purdy is now classified from fifth through eighth.