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“I am about success through determination. I am here to live the best I can and through that lead others into the best they can be.” ~ Muffy, age 15
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. For the past 12 years, she 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, she 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.
Ms. Davis has worked as a host and talent for various television shows, including ESPN and Resort Sports Network and Trading Spaces. She has been featured in several ads and commercials for companies such as Subaru, REI, Mountain Hardware, and The United States Olympic Committee. She also works as a freelance writer and has had articles published in various magazines and online websites. Currently she is writing her memoir.
A World Champion disabled ski racer, Muffy Davis has won more than 25 World Cup titles, two Overall World Cup victories, and 4 Paralympic Medals. When she was 16, a devastating ski racing accident changed her life, but not her motivation to reach her dreams. As an upcoming junior ski racer, it was probable that she would eventually reach her dream and compete in The Olympics until her accident in 1989 left her paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair for her mobility.
Muffy Davis didn’t let her physical condition keep her from reaching her dream. She relearned to ski, adaptive ski, and after much hard work and determination, she was back on the slopes, chasing her dream. In 1998 and 2002, she accomplished her life long dream and ski raced in the Paralympics, the Olympics for people with physical disabilities, winning 4 medals. She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her skiing and athletic accomplishments, including the International Olympic Committee, The Paralyzed Veteran’s of America, and The Challenged Athletes Foundation. She is currently one of 11 athletes worldwide invited to serve as Ambassadors for the International Paralympic Committee. In April of 2011, Ms. Davis was inducted into the US Ski and SnowBoard Hall of Fame, an immense honor, truly beyond her dreams.
Most recently, Ms. Davis has rejoined the world of competitive international athletics as a handcyclist. After a year and a half of competition, Muffy is already the Overall World Cup Champion for her class. She has won six World Cup Gold medals in 2011 and a World Championship. She is well on her way towards accomplishing her latest athletic goal of competing and medaling in the 2012 Paralympics in London, England.
Ms. Davis’ 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 Athlete Ambassador for The International Paralympic Committee, US Paralympics, and Right to Play, an international humanitarian organization. She is a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Women in Sports Committee and an Athlete Representative to the US Olympic Committee’s Athlete’s Advisory Council. 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.
Furthermore, Ms. Davis is an accomplished adventurer and world traveler. 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 mountain biking, river rafting, waterskiing, scuba diving, swimming, weight training, horseback riding, and hand-cycling.
In 2005 and 2006, Ms. Davis and her husband spent 9 months traveling the globe volunteering with non-profit organizations in developing countries helping teach sports and recreation to people with disabilities, proving the only limits any of us have are the ones we place on ourselves.
Of all that Muffy Davis has accomplished, what she is most proud of is her 2 ½ year old daughter. Motherhood is by far the best of all her adventures!