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Muffy Davis      

American Politician, U.S. Paralympic Three-Time Gold Medalist, Motivational Speaker & TED Talker

Marianna "Muffy" Davis is an American politician, currently serving as a Democratic representative in Idaho. She is formerly a Paralympic cyclist, sit-skier and mountain climber.

When she was 16, a devastating ski racing accident changed Davis’s life, but not her motivation to reach her dreams. Davis was a promising young ski racer who, despite suffering a devastating and career changing injury at the age of 16, went on to become one of American’s leading international adaptive skiers in the World Cup, World Championship and Paralympic competition.

In 1998 and 2002, Muffy accomplished her life long 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 into the Disabled Sports USA Ski Hall of Fame. Davis also won three Gold Medals in the 2012 London Paralympics in handcycling just 10 months after neck surgery. After just three years of competition, Davis has become a dominating force in handcycling, winning every race she entered in 2012. Davis 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.

Additionally, Davis is a former 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. She 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.

In 2002, Davis became the first female paraplegic mountaineer to summit a peak over 14,000 feet. 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 handcycling.

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

In January 2018, Davis announced her candidacy for the Idaho Legislature, to serve Idaho Legislative District 26. She currently serves as a representative for the state of Idaho.

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