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2014 Disability Matters NA: Muffy Davis Biography

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Muffy Davis

Hometown: Sun Valley, ID Reside: Park City, UT 2012
U.S. Paralympic Three-Time Gold Medalist

2016 U.S. Paralympic Hopeful Handcycling

When she was 16, a devastating ski racing accident changed Muffy’s life, but not her motivation to reach her dreams. As an upcoming junior ski racer, it was probable that Muffy would eventually reach her dream and compete in the Olympic Games until her accident in 1989 left her paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair for her mobility. But Muffy did not let her physical condition keep her from reaching her dream, she learned to adaptive ski and after much hard work and determination; she was back on the slopes, chasing her dream. In 1998 and 2002, Muffy accomplished her lifelong dream and competed in the Paralympic Games winning four medals. She is currently one of 11 athletes worldwide invited to serve as Ambassadors for the International Paralympic Committee. A World Champion disabled ski racer, Muffy has won more than 25 World Cup titles, two Overall World Cup victories and 4 Paralympic Medals.

In April of 2011, Muffy was inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and in December 2012 she was inducted to the Disabled Sports USA Ski Hall of Fame.

Most recently, Muffy has climbed the top of the podium in summer Paralympic competition winning three Gold Medals in the 2012 London Paralympics in handcycling just 10 months after neck surgery. After just three years of competition, Muffy has become a dominating force in handcycling, winning every race she entered in 2012. Muffy has won back to back World Cup Overall titles, a World Championship and won the most Gold medals of any athlete in the 2012 Paralympic Road Cycling events. Currently, Muffy is still training and looking to defend her titles at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Muffy’s National Organizations and memberships include being a past National Board Member of The Make-A-Wish Foundation, a former Board Member of The United States Ski and Snowboard Association and she currently serves as an Ambassador for The International Paralympic Committee and Right to Play, an international humanitarian organization. Muffy was an Athlete Representative to the US Olympic Committee’s Athlete’s Advisory Council and currently serves on The International Paralympic Committee’s Women in Sports Committee. Additionally, she was a founding member and currently serves as an Honorary Board Member of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. She is a an Alumni Member of Stanford University, The United States Disabled Ski Team and a National Alumni Member of Delta, Delta, Delta Fraternity, who honored her with their Women of Achievement Award in 2006.

In 2002 she became the first female paraplegic mountaineer to summit a peak over 14,000’ when she successfully climbed California’s Mt. Shasta with three other paraplegics using a device called a SnowPod. Since then, she has successfully climbed Colorado’s Pikes Peak two times in her wheelchair. She is active in many sports including: mt. biking, river rafting, waterskiing, scuba diving, swimming, weight training, horseback riding and handcycling.

Muffy Davis is a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in Human Biology, with a concentration in Disability Studies. Upon her graduation in 1995, she was honored by the Stanford Alumni Association with their only award for service to the community. Muffy has been a highly sought after motivational speaker, speaking to corporations and companies throughout the world such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations, Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Time Warner Cable and many others. In addition, Muffy has worked as a spokesperson for top companies including Independence Technology, a Johnson and Johnson Company, the CDC’s Tobacco Free Sports Program and Disaboom.com, an online web community for people with disabilities.

Of all that she has accomplished, what Muffy is most proud of is her 4 year old daughter, Elle! Motherhood is by far the best of all her adventures!