Muffy Davis

In the late 1980s, Muffy Davis was a talented member of the U.S. Junior Ski Team with dreams of Olympic gold. But one morning on a downhill training run in Sun Valley, Idaho, she crashed through a safety fence and was paralyzed from the chest down. Davis decided to “thrive” rather than merely survive. She went on to earn a combined four medals at the 1998 and 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in alpine skiing. She picked up competitive cycling later in her career and was an immediate success story, racing to gold in three separate events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2013, she became world champion in both paratriathlon and road cycling.

Davis has become a sought-after motivational speaker. She has spoken on topics like power of teamwork, success through determination, overcoming obstacles and mental toughness for organizations like Coca-Cola, the International Paralympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and Tedx.

Davis is also an accomplished adventurer and world traveler. In 2002 she became the first female paraplegic mountaineer to summit a peak over 14,000 feet 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.