Amy Purdy Tied the Knot Almost 5 Years Ago — Glimpse into the Paralympian's Personal Life

Amy Purdy has been happily married to longtime boyfriend Daniel Gale for five years, and she revealed the secret to keeping the romance alive.

When she was 19, Amy Purdy contracted bacterial meningitis, and the outcome of her illness would transform her life. Meningitis caused tissue damage and destroyed her kidneys, and doctors had to amputate both her legs and transplant a kidney to save her life.

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy at PopTech in 2012 | Source: Wikimedia Commons/Thatcher Cook for PopTech

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy at PopTech in 2012 | Source: Wikimedia Commons/Thatcher Cook for PopTech

But Purdy was undaunted and became a Paralympic athlete, a model, an actress, a fashion designer, and an author, all with incredible success. Five years ago, she became a wife and added yet another accomplishment to her skillset: loving wife.

As the recipient of a kidney transplant, Purdy's life would be at risk if she contracts the COVID-19 virus.

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So, I’m a bit nervous.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here’s why. Tonight I’m doing a live discussion on Zoom about race, justice & some of the issues that we are faced with today. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Why am I nervous? Because the more I learn the more I realize I have so much to learn and I know that I may not say the right things or ask the right questions. Talking about race and inequality can be uncomfortable because sometimes we just don’t know the right way to do it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But, I’ve decided that it’s better to show up messy and imperfectly then to not show up at all. ⁣ ⁣⁣ I realized over the last few weeks that as a white woman who has lived a privledge life ⁣disability or not ( I was raised in a middle class family, I have traveled the world, I stay in luxury resorts, I own a home in a resort town, I compete in an expensive sport that eliminates a lot of people simply due to income) ⁣ I realize, that I haven’t had to live with or even see some of the inequalities that many in our country face. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked hard, I’ve had a lot of setbacks, my life was never handed to me, I wasn’t raised with money but overall I have lived very, very well and not everyone has had that luxury.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And that’s exactly why I wanted to do this. To take this time to educate myself and help others do the same. I am not an expert but grateful to have experts guiding us on this journey!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Meet me tonight on zoom at 8pm EST for this discussion with @pej35 and @hiitide !⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To sign up click the link in the bio click on “workshop signup” You will be asked to make a small $10 donation which will go to @eji_org and this will open up tonight’s live zoom event for you and also you will be added as a member in the workshop if you choose to participate in the next two weeks. ⁣ See you there!⁣⁣ Thank you!⁣⁣ Amy

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AMY PURDY'S SOULMATE

Purdy and Gale, both athletes, met 17 years ago, and have been together ever since. Their marriage in 2015 was simply a public confirmation of a private truth: they belong together forever. The couple share a love of adventure and sport, and a dedication to nurturing Paralympic athletes.

The two founded Adaptive Action Sports in 2005, to coach athletes with physical disabilities, and help them achieve their goals. Purdy herself is a Paralympic medalist with two medals under her belt: silver won in 2014 and bronze in 2018.

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I’m fired up guys!! I may be a robot by the time this is all over but I know I’m coming back! ⁣ ⁣ Last year when my artery was injured and we were fighting to save my leg I couldn’t look at images or videos like these because they made me sad. I felt I was losing what I worked so hard for. But now, now when I see these images, I’m reminded of the possibilities. I did it before and I can do it again!⁣ ⁣ Why I have been chosen in this world to represent setbacks & comebacks I have no idea but every time I am knocked down I feel a fire burn in my soul and I know I will come back stronger. ⁣ ⁣ Whether it’s the challenges we choose like to be an Olympian or athlete or it’s the challenges that choose us like illness or injury, we always have the choice of how we are going to live our lives. ⁣ ⁣ I remember feeling this same way when I lost my legs 20 years ago. I wasn’t scared to face my challenges, I was motivated to conquer them and I will do it again. ⁣ ⁣ For anyone out there facing your own challenges just know that they aren’t here to break us down, they are here to help us find our inner power and build is up into all we could be. ⁣ ⁣ If you’re with me on this journey give me a 🔥. #wegotthis Photo by @daniellamidenge for @womenshealthmag

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AMY PURDY'S ANGEL

Purdy recently confronted a health crisis that threatened one of her legs, after a blood clot blocked one of her arteries -- which might have led to tissue necrosis -- and forced doctors to perform yet another amputation. Surgery saved her leg, and Purdy wrote on Instagram:

"I don’t know where I would be without this man by my side.⁣⁣ We had 17 solid years of tip-top health, adventures [...] this journey has made us stronger and closer than ever before. I am so grateful❤️."⁣⁣

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Thank you to everyone for your love & thoughts, it means the world to me to know that although I felt alone in surgery, I wasn’t ever really alone.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The procedure itself went good. We found bad things & good things & hoping that the good things take over the bad things.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Basically, the blood clot that started all of this a year ago came back behind my knee and into my thigh with no reason or warning.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Last week I told my husband I feel almost 100% back to normal! After a difficult year of surgeries this was a huge relief and then so quickly things shifted. Such a reminder to be present and to live our best lives each & everyday. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Unlike last year, this time my surgeon wasn’t able to clear my artery. However, because I didn’t have symptoms that means that my body has produced other pathways to keep blood flowing. ⁣⁣⁣ But, for a full recovery we need more miracles, more collateral arteries to grow and more healing to happen.⁣⁣⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By the way, I don’t know where I would be without this man by my side.⁣⁣ We had 17 solid years of tip top health, adventures & living our best lives together before all of this hit and even with all of those memories this journey has made us stronger and closer than ever before. I am so grateful.⁣ ❤️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Without a doubt my husband has been one of the greatest angels of my life.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ By the way, It just so happens that a documentary on my life & our journey together just launched on HULU. They did a beautiful job sharing my life story and the journey we have endured this past year if you’re interested in checking it out!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It’s called “Defining Moments by Ozy “ Episode 2 on ⁣⁣⁣ Thank you everyone for your love & support. Love heals! @dang_ale ❤️

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The couple is inseparable, traveling together to coach Paralympic athletes, and Gale accompanies Purdy on her tours as a motivational speaker. Purdy revealed

"Without a doubt my husband has been one of the greatest angels of my life.⁣⁣⁣"

MAKING IT ALL WORK

Purdy reveals that Gale's unconditional support is what makes their marriage work. Neither is put in the position of having to sacrifice the family for work or work for the family. She said:

“He goes everywhere with me internationally and that way we just get to share the full experience together."

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4 years ago today with the love of my life. With a little rain came this beautiful rainbow! 🌈 After 13 years together the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. We have been together 17 years! It sounds crazy to say! But love never rushes. It just is & the depths of it continues to unfold each chapter we open. This year has been the most challenging of all and when they say “for better or for worse” we never could have imagined what this year would bring. But having unconditional love through it all has been the best healer of all. You are pure love @dang_ale and I couldn’t thank you enough for loving me. You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain! I couldn’t be more grateful to travel this journey by your side. Happy Anniversary ❤️ #17yearstogether

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But it hasn't always been easy. Purdy admits that at one stage, she was so focused on training that she isolated herself from her family and her then-boyfriend, Gale.

Fortunately, the Paralympian has found an equilibrium, something her relationship with Gale has helped her develop.

INSPIRING AMY

Purdy, who was asked to run with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch before the event was postponed, has become an inspiration to men and women all over the world who have physical disabilities.

It's all thanks to the incredible determination she showed when faced with circumstances that might have conditioned and limited her life.

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This is it! This moment ended up being a moment of resiliency for me. Here is why I loved this dance so much 1. Oprah called me right before 😳 2. Derek and I had no idea if I would be able to do this dance because my feet weren’t allowing me to travel across the dance floor in the way I needed them to. It was days into the week and we still didn’t have a dance because I didn’t have the right feet. Out of frustration I called my husband and he suggested these running blades! He overnighted them, I tried them on and for the first time on the show I felt free! I had to practice balancing and not slipping on the floor but to do a performance like this when the majority of the week was against us felt so empowering! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you are determined to figure out a problem you grow more resilient and creative than you can ever imagine! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometimes our greatest moments can come out of our greatest challenges. I hope you enjoy one of my favorite memories! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @oprah @teamtoyota @toyotausa @derekhough #dwts #dancing #internationaldanceday #dance #resiliance #teamtoyota #resiliency #prostheticlegs #runningblades #paralympicsnowboard #paralympics

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AN AMAZING TEAM

The double-amputee and her husband participated in the grueling "The Amazing Race," and Purdy was one of the contestants on "Dancing With The Stars," where the judges attributed her with some of the highest scores ever on the program.

COVID-19 AND AMY PURDY

As the recipient of a kidney transplant, Purdy's life would be at risk if she contracts the COVID-19 virus. Gale had been traveling in Europe in March, and on his return, was quarantined away from Purdy for 16 days, until he was cleared of possible contagion by the virus.

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And here is Huckleberry and it’s his 1 year birthday and this is me without my leg on which I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with lately. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In my past I never would I have felt comfortable showing my “real” leg, simply because my carbon fiber legs are very much my real legs, an extension of me. But wow, one thing I’ve learned this year is that nothing sheds the ego quicker then having the things that make you feel complete taken from you. Luckily, I have had a year of love from my husband & this baby boy to remind me of what matters most! Life is full of twists & turns, it’s not how hard you fall it’s how high you bounce! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for being the goodest of the goodboys @huckthegoodboy ! 🐕 ❤️

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The couple has no children as yet, but have a gorgeous golden retriever in their lives named Huckleberry. Purdy has confessed that having children is not something she and Gale are contemplating at the moment.

There are, of course, dangers. Pregnancy might place a strain on Purdy's already fragile circulatory system and her kidney. Still, the Paralympian revealed that, above all, she and her husband consider Adaptive Action Sports their "baby."

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