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Scarf given to Amy Purdy as a participant at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games

Scarf given to Amy Purdy as a participant at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games

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Scarf given to Amy Purdy as a participant at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games is a red, white and blue American flag design made by Nike.
At 19, Amy Purdy suffered septic shock as a result of meningococcal meningitis. Due to loss of circulation, she had to have both legs amputated below the knee. Just two years later, Purdy competed in the United States of America Snowboard Association’s National Snowboarding Championship and medaled in three events. In 2005 she co-founded Adaptive Action Sports, a nonprofit organization which helps disabled athletes become involved in action sports. Purdy also helps develop her prosthetics, allowing her to perform specialized tasks with enhance agility. Purdy was the only double amputee to compete in the 2014 Paralympics Games in Sochi, where she won a bronze medal in Snowboard Cross.
The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome in 1960, a week after the Summer Olympics. This tradition of holding the games for athletes with disabilities after the Olympics continues today. These first games were for wheelchair users only, but in 1976 athletes with other disabilities were welcomed. In that same year adaptive athletes from the Winter Olympics were also embraced. The 1996 games in Atlanta marked a turning point as the first games to fully include the Paralympic athletes and events under the Team USA banner.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
scarf
scarf, paralympics
date made
2014
user
Purdy, Amy
maker
Nike, Inc.
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 85 in x 27 in; 215.9 cm x 68.58 cm
ID Number
2016.0185.09
accession number
2016.0185
catalog number
2016.0185.09
subject
Sports
Adaptive Sports
Snowboard Cross
paralympics
Women
Disabilities
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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