Muffy Davis

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"Muffy Davis - Paralympian, Wife, Mother, Inspiration"
"Don't Just Survive....THRIVE." At the age of eight, Muffy Davis declared "God made me to be a ski racer." She dreamed of being a world champion and her early career on the slopes pointed in that direction. During a routine training run 8 years later on her hometown mountain, Muffy had a freak accident that would change the course of her life and Olympic dreams. She skied off course at 50 MPH, crashed into a tree, crushed her back and became a paraplegic.

Muffy never gave up on her dream of being an elite ski racer and while at Stanford University, she returned to the slopes on a mono-ski and her words proved to be prophetic. Muffy became a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. In a remarkable para-skiing career, she captured three medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics and amassed a total of 25 World Cup medals at events around the globe. Having achieved her goals in skiing, she became active in a variety of sports from waterskiing and swimming, to handcycling and mountain climbing.

In 2010, Muffy participated in CAF's Dodge Million Challenge - a 620 mile ride from San Francisco to San Diego on a handcyle funded by a CAF grant. After discovering a new passion for the sport, Muffy committed herself to handcycling. True to her determination and childhood dream, Muffy made it to the 2012 Paralympics, capturing not one but THREE gold medals in cycling. She has reached the top in the sport and has her sights set on capturing the podium once again at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Through the support of CAF, Muffy has not only dedicated her athletic energy towards changing perceptions about what is possible for people physical disabilities, she mentors other physically challenged individuals and has traveled around the world to teach adaptive sports in developing countries. As a mother, wife, motivational speaker and accomplished Paralympian, Muffy continues to inspire athletes of all abilities to THRIVE. "The only limits we have, able bodied or disabled are those that we place on ourselves."
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