Muffy Davis in wheelchair near a hand cycleChallenge: Paraplegia

Sports: Paracycling, Paratriathlon, Alpine Skiing, Mountain Biking

Bio: Muffy Davis began skiing at age three. In the snow-covered mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho, she dedicated much of her time to training for the Olympic Games and as a teen was a top-ranked junior ski racer. At the age of 15, her dreams of competing alongside the world’s best skiers came to a halt when she lost control on a ski run at Bald Mountain and, at a speed of over 45 miles per hour, crashed into a safety fence and trees. The crash left her paralyzed from the chest down.

Ever the optimist, Muffy maintained her competitive spirit and began to channel her energy into training for the Paralympic Games. She went on to win a bronze medal at the 1998 Nagano games in Women’s Slalom, and three silver medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympic Games in Women’s Giant Slalom, Women’s Super G and Women’s Downhill. She continued to diversify her portfolio, Muffy picked up competitive cycling and later went on to win a record-setting three gold medals in handcycling at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Amidst continued training and her duties as a board member of the International Paralympic and USOC Paralympic Advisory Committees, Muffy also serves as an Idaho state legislator and is the founder of the Women’s Athletic Foundation. Although her schedule is full, she still finds time to join other CAF athletes at local clinics to learn new sports including sledge hockey and curling.

 

 

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