It's impossible to deny Amy Purdy's success.
Beyond the trophies and medals she earned as a world-class snowboarder, there is her ability to overcome medical circumstances that others might have seen as insurmountable. Purdy's legs were amputated below the knee when she came down with bacterial meningitis at age 19. She fought off septic shock and multiple organ failures, which eventually led to her receiving a kidney transplant from her father when she was 21.
After her illness Purdy, who had been snowboarding since she was 15, was determined to not let her amputation stop her from tearing up the slopes.
"In order to move forward, I knew I had to let go of the old Amy somehow and learn to embrace the new Amy," she said.