Oprah’s hero Amy Purdy on turning tragedy into triumph

Paralympian Amy Purdy — described by Oprah Winfrey as a ‘hero’ — has revealed some of the incredible insights into how she turned her life around after losing both her legs at age 19.

The 2014 snowboarding bronze medallist — also a successful entrepreneur, actress, model and author — was given less than a two per cent chance of living when she contracted the infection and went into septic shock.

She had to have both legs amputated below the knees, and also lost her and her spleen.

But just seven months after receiving prosthetic legs she began snowboarding again and took part at a competitive level just a year later.

Amy ahead of her interview for Lewis Howes' School of Greatness podcast
Amy at her interview for Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness podcast. Credit:

Amy has since gone on to win Snowboard Cross bronze at the 2014 Winter Paralympics, as well as becoming a model, actress and founder of Adaptive Action Sports — a non-profit organisation which runs skating, snowboarding and action sport camps for people with disabilities.

She also got to the finale of Dancing with the Stars in 2014, gave a Ted Talk watched more than a million times, and recently released a book about her incredible life.

Now Amy has delved into her inspiring story in a podcast with former All-American football player turned entrepreneur Lewis Howes, as part of a podcast series he runs called The School of Greatness.

Watch it below as she reveals the dark times she went through, and the incredible story of how she turned her life around following the tragedy.


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