BATTLE CREEK, Mich.
March 14, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Amy Purdy, U.S. Paralympian and member of
, took the first-ever bronze medal today in the Paralympic women's snowboardcross event in Sochi. Purdy finished with a final time of 2:14.29.
"It's a dream come true to represent my country, my sport and
on the podium at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games," said Purdy. "My great start toward a second chance at life got me to where I am today, and I couldn't be more thankful to everyone around me for their support."
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While Purdy is now helping provide great starts, she had to restart her own life after she became a double amputee and kidney transplant survivor due to a severe meningitis infection at age 19. Instead of giving up hope, she decided to live her life to the fullest and continue to pursue her dream of snowboarding. During her first attempt at snowboarding, her knees and ankles wouldn't bend and, according to her, she ended up traumatizing all the skiers on the chairlift when she fell and her legs, still attached to her snowboard, went flying down the mountain while she stayed at the top. Despite the challenges, she has managed to become one of the top ranked U.S. adaptive snowboarders and was instrumental in the sport being included in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.