Amy Purdy won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics in snowboard cross, and her life has only gotten busier since. She appeared on Dancing with the Stars, wrote a best-selling memoir and joined Oprah Winfrey’s eight-city tour “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” delivering motivational speeches.
She performed at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony and also runs a non-profit organization, Adaptive Action Sports, which helps people with disabilities participate in outdoor activities.
Purdy, now 38, will compete in PyeongChang’s snowboard cross and banked slalom events beginning Sunday. She took the time to answer some questions from the media prior to starting her campaign.
What are your goals for the Paralympic Winter Games?
We’re all here to do our best and, of course, your eyes are set on those medals. For me it’s a much bigger picture. I find myself thoroughly enjoying racing these days because it’s this mind game and if I can win at my own mind game, I have so much fun.
(The mind game) is keeping your nerves calm and being able to ride your best, and for me just being in the moment. I know if I can be in the moment and not be frantic, and not be too aggressive, and literally breathe and enjoy the moment, then I have the most fun and I ride the best. That’s my goal.
I want to be able to walk away from this sport knowing I gave it everything that I had and was able to represent our sport, represent (what) double leg amputees can do, and represent anybody that has a physical challenge, (to show) what’s possible. I want to ride my best. In order to do that, I know I have to have my mental game in place.