Adaptive Snowboarding Champion Amy Purdy to Appear on Nightline
March 16, 2012
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Amy Purdy hasn't let her disability stop her from
doing what she loves. Credit: ABCNewsAmy Purdy is probably the world's most famous adaptive snowboarder, and for good reason. She lost both of her legs at age 19 due to a bacterial meningitis infection, but refused to let that keep her from her first love, snowboarding. She started snowboarding again just seven months after her operation, working with a doctor to create a prosthetic foot that would work with a snowboard. Purdy now has three World Cup Gold Medals in adaptive snowboarding, and is also an avid skateboarder and wakeboarder.
Purdy will appear on ABC's Nightline tonight to talk about her journey, as well as the non-profit company she created, Adaptive Action Sports, which has given other physically-challenged people the opportunity to participate in sports.